Maintaining a laundry room involves more than folding up your clean clothes. Proper maintenance should also include a few simple, yet effective plumbing tasks. Here are just a few of the plumbing tips every homeowner should be applying in their laundry room.
Inspect Drain Hoses
Don't forget to inspect the hoses that run between the water supply valve and your washing machine. Simply from normal use, hoses can fray, get punctured or sustain other damage. A damaged hose is generally a prelude to a leaking hose.
A leak can cause significant water damage. Make it a point to inspect the condition of the hose periodically. Should you see signs of deterioration, replace the hose right away. Additionally, any time the washing machine is moved, it's best to replace the hose as it is fairly easy to damage a hose during the transport process.
Install A Hose Strainer
If you haven't already done so, make sure you install a strainer on your washing machine hose. During the wash cycle, hair, toys, soap scum and other debris will travel through the hose, if you don't have a strainer, this debris can make their way through the drain line, where they will ultimately cause a clog.
If you install the strainer yourself, make sure you are choosing a strainer specifically designed for a washing machine hose. It's important to periodically clean the filter as well, as this can also cause a clog.
Keep The Trap Seal Full
Trap seals are devices that ensure water is able to properly flow through a pipe while also ensuring that it is sealed. If there is a sink in your laundry room, there is also a trap seal connected to the drain. If you're like most people, you probably don't use the sink in this room often.
Consequently, sewer gases can build up in the line and settle within the trap seal. Once this happens, the fumes from the gases in the trap seal will encompass the entire room with an offensive and strong odor. You can prevent this by keeping the trap seal full. To accomplish this, periodically pour hot water down the drain. The water will rest in the seal and prevent the gases from entering inside.
If you want to ensure your laundry room is safe from a plumbing mishap, you can always call on a professional plumbing contractor. A plumber will inspect your plumbing connections and washing machine to ensure everything is functioning correctly.