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enter image description hereWe recently purchased a home that had the washer and dryer left behind. The washer is a GE and in good condition. We were told by the previous owners that the washer worked fine, but we tested it with a couple loads of rags to be sure.

It seemed alright so we did two loads of our laundry and on the second load it wouldn't drain. We kept getting a warning buzz and blinking lights. Code read clogged drainage hose so we took it apart and sure enough it was all jammed up....with ROCKS.

They looked almost like small pieces of concrete that had been soaked for a while. Many of them looked like they had originally been formed into a square grid. There were about 30 pieces total.

I cleaned the lines and put everything back together. So far the test loads have been running fine.

My questions are...

  1. Are there any parts in a washing machine that would splinter into rocks/stones when breaking but still allow the washer to work?
  2. Is there something else I should be checking or am I correct in assuming the previous owners children may have had rocks in their packets when their cloths were washed?
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  • Could it have been some type of kitty litter? I don't know of any parts in a washer that would be like you described.
    – JACK
    Apr 23 '20 at 21:09
  • Definitely not cat litter, it's some kind of solid concrete material. Sharp broken edges and definitely purposefully shaped.
    – Jessica
    Apr 23 '20 at 21:12
  • how large are the squares?
    – Ack
    Apr 23 '20 at 21:16
  • Various sizes, some were dime size, some as large as a quarter. Ran six loads after pulling out all of the rocks and got the same issue. I had to pull it apart again and found one more about the size of a quarter but more oval than square. Just ran four more loads and had to do an extra spin on the load but no error happened this time.
    – Jessica
    Apr 25 '20 at 0:37
  • I added a picture of some of the rocks found in the drainage hose and pump
    – Jessica
    Apr 25 '20 at 0:47
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The drum seal is deteriorating and breaking off. Remove the agitator (look up how for your model) and you will see the piece below it is crumbling and made of these same deposits.

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  • Hello, and welcome to Home Improvement. Thanks for the answer; keep 'em coming. And, you should probably take our tour so you'll know the details of contributing here. Nov 8 '20 at 17:56
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Washing machines do have concrete in them - it is used as a mass to reduce vibration (not going into the maths involved...) but those lumps of concrete are fixed to the outside of the drum and are not in contact with the washing cycle water at any time.

So, assume that the kids had been playing with rocks... I would check the filter and pump after the next cycle and again after a couple more as bits could still be working their way down.

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  • Thank you! I hadn't thought to check again for more rocks. I will definitely do that!!
    – Jessica
    Apr 23 '20 at 21:16
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This is the inner tub hub brace breaking up; pull the agitator out and you will see it.

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    This has potential. Can you elaborate a bit more and possible show a diagram?
    – JACK
    Nov 12 '20 at 19:27
  • Gotta wonder, though, how parts of the tub brace might end up going down the drain.
    – FreeMan
    Nov 12 '20 at 22:05

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