Our Best Laundry Room Plumbing and Maintenance Tips

LaundryWe are all so busy these days. Laundry is something that seems to keep piling up with no end in sight. We want to get it done as quickly as possible and get in and out of the laundry room so we can enjoy the sunshine of Arizona. It’s easy to become complacent and overlook simple steps which keep things running smoothly in the laundry, conserve energy and keep your family safe. Sometimes these simple steps seem so minor, we feel like they cannot really make a big difference in our lives. But they really do help and can prevent trouble prematurely, like having to replace your washer and dryer earlier than expected. 

  • Run the washing machine only when it has a full load.
  • Inspect washing machine hoses for signs of wear. Replace rubber hoses with stainless steel braided hoses. (Available from your Marlin Service Tech.) They last longer and are resistant to leaks and cracks.
  • Ensure that all drains have strainers to keep hair, soap and debris from entering and clogging the drain lines.
  • Use a strainer on your washing machine hose. Marlin has strainers specially designed to fit laundry hoses.
  • Check exposed pipes under sinks for signs of leaks.
  • Apply an enzyme drain cleaner (available from Marlin Services) to laundry drain lines once each month to keep lint and detergent scum from building up and causing clogs.
  • To prevent sewer gases from backing up into your home through your laundry sink drain or other infrequently used drains, periodically pour a bucket of water down the drain to keep the trap seal full.
  • Install a flood alarm to warn of water from the washing machine or water heater leaking from the appliance or overflowing sinks.
  • Lower the hot water heaterConserve energy and prevent scalding by checking the temperature setting on your water heater. It should not be above 120 degrees Fahrenheit or medium setting on older models.
  • Consider replacing a worn out washing machine with a more efficient front-load model.
  • Never store flammable liquids such as gasoline, adhesives or solvents near the water heater, furnace or other gas-fired appliance as they may ignite.

You don’t want to be in the market for a new washer and dryer very often. The average life span is somewhere between 12 and 13 years. Follow these simple tips and maybe you can extend the life of these appliances even longer.

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