My house suffers from a chronic lack of planning on the part of the designer. For example: the piping to my washing machine is both too small, and angled so that the water has to run uphill. This means that unless we interrupted the machine every 50 seconds or so, the pipes would overflow and spill water all over our carpet. Not fun.

So, our washing machine now looks like it is dead (of unrelated causes), and I was wondering how I might find a replacement which simply empties a little slower. They don't normally advertise "rate which the water is pumped out." Is there some number that is commonly used to determine how powerful the pump is? Or should I look into alternate means of stopping this overflow problem?

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    The obvious solution is to fix plumbing. Is that infeasible? Regardless, for a washing machine located in something that is not a wet room it is a good idea to place it in a plastic tub that is large enough to hold a full load of water—just in case something bursts. Commented Nov 2, 2012 at 2:47
  • If you post some pictures, and a detailed description of your current plumbing setup, we might be able to instruct you on how to fix the plumbing.
    – Tester101
    Commented Nov 2, 2012 at 10:54

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The only real answer is to fix the root plumbing issue. You are basically begging for problems by not fixing it. This can do serious damage to your house over time. There might even be health issues if the traps are not holding water (water flowing out of them due to incorrect slope) and sewer gasses are escaping into your house, not to mention the likelihood of mold too.

As a temporary measure, I would recommend putting in place a laundry tub and have the washing machine empty into the tub. This way, the tub acts as a buffer and holds the water while it drains. New HE machines don't use that much water compared to top loaders so this might help too.

But seriously, get this fixed.

  • Installing a separate sink that the water drains into is the smartest answer I've heard. In the 50s, we had one in our basement where the washer was located. My problem in this house is that there is no room to put a separate sink, no matter how small the sink. I have the same problem and a plumber wanted to charge me $500 to install a clean-out to unclog the stoppage. I told him, No. Do you have any ideas on what to do? Should I call another plumber and ask him to snake the drain pipe where the washer drains? The first plumber nixed that idea.
    – user22986
    Commented Jun 8, 2014 at 23:54
  • It's always worth getting a few estimates and opinions. Prices vary by region but you can always ask a new question on this site if you need advice on your scenario.
    – Steven
    Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 1:34

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