The laundry room is often one of the most-used spaces in your home, yet most people frequently overlook its plumbing. If you want to keep your laundry appliances in top shape and extend their life spans while avoiding major issues, be sure to keep an eye on your laundry room plumbing.
At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Greater Syracuse, our team of licensed plumbers is prepared to help you navigate emergency or regular maintenance in your laundry room or other plumbing systems.
Laundry Room Plumbing Tips
With the proper maintenance and attention to detail, you can improve the performance of your washer while extending its life expectancy. Follow these plumbing tips to get the most out of your laundry room!
1. Inspect Hoses for Wear
Washing machine hoses connect your washer to the valves that supply hot and cold water for every cycle. Over time, wear to these hoses may result in leaks. Consider replacing rubber hoses with more durable, braided stainless steel hoses to avoid potential water damage. Use the proper laundry plumbing fittings for every appliance to ensure a tight fit.
2. Check Exposed Pipes for Leaks
Exposed pipes or valves around your washer and laundry sink are another potential hot spot for water damage. Regularly inspect these pipes for signs of leaks. You can also secure exposed pipes with zip ties or other cables so your washer's regular movements can't shake the pipes loose from the wall.
3. Keep the Trap Seal Full
Your laundry machine's trap seal is a pipe that manages the flow of liquids and gases in your plumbing. It's necessary to keep the trap seal full with water to prevent sewer gases and foul odors from backing up into your laundry room. Pour a bucket of water down the drain occasionally to flush the line and keep the trap fresh and sealed. If problems persist, explore which washing machine drainage options will suit your laundry room.
4. Make Sure Lines Are Uncoiled
The hoses, cables and pipes from your washer and dryer to the wall may be out of sight behind your appliances, but you should check them regularly. You may have to rearrange your laundry room layout to ensure lines are unkinked and have enough space to function. Look out for signs of clogs, bulges or other irregularities that may signal a potential issue.
5. Use Cool Water When Washing
Cool water is easier on your plumbing, and it requires less energy than hot water, so take advantage of cold water washes. While you're at it, always run your washer with a full load! You'll use water efficiently and put less strain on your machine.
Get Professional Service With Mr. Rooter Plumbing
If you're having trouble with your laundry room plumbing or other projects, reach out to Mr. Rooter Plumbing. Our professional team is here for you, whether you need regular or emergency maintenance at any time. We'll send a licensed plumber certified by Onondaga County for plumbing leak detection or any plumbing-related project. Contact us today for more information and get started today!