I had my basement finished and had them put in lines for washing machines.

Now, after the first use or two of the washer, it won't drain. I looked at the filter, and I found a lot of this stuff: sediment. There's not much in the picture since I threw most of it out first, but I'd say I've found a few ounces of it at least on multiple occasions after clearing the filter and drain hose of it.

When I I flushed out the drain hose, I didn't really find anything that seemed like it could be the source.

I asked the previous owner of the machines twice, and he said he hadn't had any problems with it.

Could this be coming from the water line? Or could someone have maybe run the washer with a whole bunch of rocks?!? I can't think of anything else.

  • Have you been getting sediment in any of your other plumbing fixtures? It isn't uncommon for older iron pipes to "shed" a layer of rust and mineral deposits after they've been drained an recharged.
    – Comintern
    Sep 25, 2016 at 1:17
  • Not that I've noticed. The house is 10 years old. Sep 25, 2016 at 1:19
  • Is it crumbly? It kind of hard to tell from the picture, but my second guess would be deteriorated rubber from the inside of an old supply line.
    – Comintern
    Sep 25, 2016 at 1:21
  • How old is the machine? It seems odd to me that a 10 yr old house would have crud like that in the pipes. Can you ask the plumber where it's coming from?im thinking it's the machine.
    – Tkw
    Sep 25, 2016 at 1:31
  • Yeah, I'd say it's mostly crumbly and a few solid pieces that seem like very small rocks. Sep 25, 2016 at 1:38

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Kids. Pockets. Dirt.

Even adults trek in a lot of dirt on their clothes. I would worry about it. That's what the filter is for and now you know how to clean it.

  • Okay, but after I cleaned it, the washer stopped draining after 3 cycles. Sep 24, 2016 at 21:26

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