Washing Machine Drain Line Overflowing

Have you noticed water pooling up around the base of your washing machine after doing a load of clothes? When this occurs, you're typically forced to stop washing clothes until it's fixed, making life difficult to say the least. Without the ability to use your washing machine, you wont have any clean towels, work clothes, everyday clothes, etc.



Why Is My Washing Machine Drain Line Overflowing?

First and foremost, you need to inspect the drain line to ensure it's the part causing the flood. After you've done a load of clothes, take notice of where the water pooled up and try to identify the problematic area. If the drain line caused it, then most of the water will be pooled up around it. If you don't know what the drain line is, let me explain – the drain line is a pipe (usually PVC) that connects into your home's septic tank or into the sewer system. Washing machines have a rubber tube used to connect into the drain pipe for disposing of the used water.

If you see water pooled up around the pipe or hose leading to the drain line, that's probably where your problem is. Make sure your washing machine is turned off, unplug it and remove the rubber hose. Now shine a flashlight down the drain pipe to see if you notice water backed up or something obstructing it.

Causes of an Overflowing Drain Line

There could be one of many different reasons why a drain line is overflowing. If your septic tank is backed up and requires pumping, then water can't reach it. If your home used a septic tank, check the toilets and other sinks to see if they're backing up. Hopefully they aren't, but if they are, then you know what the problem is.

Another common reason why drain lines back up is from lint building up. While the filter catches most of the lint in dryers, washing machines don't have this luxury. Instead the lint from your pants, shirts and other clothes washed simply goes down the drain line.

While there could be many different reasons for this, one of the most likely is a clogged drain line. Closely inspect the rubber hose and drain line around your washing machine to identify the problem. Once you've found out what's causing it, you can then call a professional to come out and fix it.