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Signs Your Washing Machine Drain is Clogged

Most homeowners in Portland have had to deal with a few clogged drains over the years, and as such, are familiar with the usual problem areas. Excess amounts of hair and soap scum tend to create blockages in shower drains, forcing the water to pool as you shower, and occasional mishaps with grease and food scraps can have a similar effect on the kitchen sinks. But have you ever considered the state of the drain for your washing machine? Like other plumbing fixtures in your house, washing machines rely on drains to rid your home of used, dirty water, and sometimes those drains can become clogged. What does that look like, and how can the issue be addressed?

What to Look Out For

The number one sign of a clogged drain affecting your washing machine is finding water inside the unit after the washing cycle is complete. During the cycle, water is flooded into the chamber of the machine, mixing in with the detergent to clean your clothing. At the end of the cycle, the used water should drain as the clothing is spun, wringing out as much liquid as possible. However, if there are puddles of water left when you go to retrieve your clothing, it’s likely a clog has formed.

Unlike sinks or showers, which are operated manually, the process of filling a washing machine is carried out by an automatic process making it difficult to test how well your drains are working. If the clog is minor, the impact could be small enough to go unnoticed. Keep an eye out for unusual dampness in your clothing. While your items will certainly still be wet after being washed, excessive sogginess could be a sign that the water wasn’t all drained, and instead was reabsorbed by your clothes.

Speak with a Professional About Your Drain Issue

If you suspect you might have a clog in the drain of your washing machine, it’s important to speak to a professional as soon as possible. Using the wrong tools could damage your pipes, increasing the risk of leaks and potential flooding in the laundry area. Luckily the experts at Columbia Drain can help. Contact us and speak to a Portland specialist today.

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