Washers are one of the most commonly used appliances in modern day homes. Simple to use and quick to clean, washers save us from taking the time to wash our clothing and linens by hand. So when the hose becomes clogged and your washer is temporarily out of order, getting your unit first quickly is important.
The good news is that a clogged washer pipe can be fixed without having to call a professional, and for relatively cheap. If you are feeling up the challenge, grab the following tools and follow these guidelines to get your washer back on track in no time.
What You Will Need
-Source of Water
-Metal Coat Hanger or an object that can function similarly
-Before you begin, best practice suggests that you check all of the other drains in your hose including the ones in your toilets.
Step #1: Dismantle the Hose
Using your pliers, loosen the hose by gripping the metallic cylinder that connects the hose to the back of the washer.
Turning at a counter clockwise direction, keep going until you are able to completely able to pull the hose directly from the back of the washer.
Step #2: Find Your Clog
It can be dark behind your washer so for best precision, use a flashlight to guide your search for the clog. If you cannot see it, give it another try, or simply consider giving a professional plumber a call.
Step #3: Drain the Hose
If your have been able to spot the clog, place a bucket underneath the hose and stick the straightened hanger inside. Pushing the hanger through the hose will loosen the sides of the clog, and any other parts of it that may be stuck.
Step #4: Clean the Hose
After loosening up the debris that make up the clog, use your source of water to rinse out the hose. At this point you should start to see the debris come out of the hose, so allow them some time to do so. When you notice that the flow of debris begins to slow, use your flashlight to look deeper into the hose to best determine if they are all removed.
It’s not unlikely to miss some components of the debris after all, some of them may break up into even tinier pieces that could come out in time.
Step #5: Test
After placing the washer hose back into the wall, perform a test to see if the drain is still clogging up. If so, you can either repeat the process, or give a professional a call.