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Why is there a floor drain in the laundry room?
Monday, October 19, 2020
Washing machine overflows and leaks, water supply hose ruptures, and drain hoses that jump out of the riser connection under a surge of water pressure: these are all problems that can flood a house, sometimes with hundreds of gallons of water. While a floor drain is not required by code, it's a sensible upgrade to avoid a laundry room disaster. We are seeing them more often now in new homes.
Washing machine flood damage is also one of the most common types of insurance claims. The floor drain won’t stop all water damage, but will help to limit it to the immediate area around the drain. To learn about two things you can do to prevent laundry room flooding, see our blog posts Why are rubber washing machine hoses a safety risk? and Is a washing machine drain hose required to be secured at the standpipe?
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