Washing Machine Drain Pipe Overflow

Washing machines can make a real mess if your drain pipe overflows. Washing machines can quickly dispel gallons of water on the floor causing the potential for some major water damage. When a washing machine runs through its cycles, it pumps out dirty water and refills the basin with the clean water it needs to rinse your clothes. To remove the dirty water, the machine pumps water through a rear-mounted outlet tube fitted with a flexible discharge hose. The flexible hose flows into a drain pipe that is connected to the main sewer line.  However, it is possible for your washing machine drain pipe to fail. The most likely problem is a clogged drain pipe. Pipes can become clogged by lint and other debris that detach from your clothing during the wash. Of course, there are other issues that can cause washing machine overflows including deteriorating pipes, a kinked discharge hose, sewer line blockages, and inadequately sized drain pipes.

Frozen Pipe Prevention

In Minnesota, our cold temperatures combined with wind chill creates an increased risk for burst or frozen pipes. As we learned in basic science, water expands as it freezes. This expansion can block the line and can put tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including copper, steel or plastic pipes. Even a tiny crack can unleash more than 250 gallons of water in a single day. The result of frozen water pipes are property damage and high repair costs. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements, crawl spaces, garages, or even kitchen cabinets. Pipes that run against exterior walls with little or no insulation are also at risk of freezing.

Water Heater Choices – Tankless or Conventional

Based on manufacturer’s suggested life, a water heater may need replaced every 8 to 12 years. If your water heater is leaking or not heating, you may want to consider replacing it.  With advancements in technology, there are more choices on the market. While you can replace your water heater with a similar unit, you may want to consider additional features. For example, you may choose to increase or decrease the unit’s holding capacity to accommodate a changing family. Or, you may opt to go tankless.


Your home is vented to allow air to enter the pipes as water drains away. When enough air enters the vent, water and waste will drain properly. Vent pipes are installed in your home plumbing system and extend from the drainpipes up through the roof to provide that passage. Venting is important to your entire water system. For example, proper venting allows your toilet to swirl and empty quickly when it’s flushed. However, if the venting doesn’t let enough air in, you may hear the sink gurgle when you flush the toilet. Venting also allows sewer gases to escape and prevents them from building to dangerous levels inside your home.