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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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Here’s links to a collection of some of our other blog posts about WASHERS AND DRYERS:  

• What are the most common problems with washing machine installation and maintenance? 

What is the maximum length for a washing machine drain hose? 

What is the correct height for the washing machine drain standpipe or outlet box?  

Is  a laundry area for a washing machine required by code for a single family residence? 

Why does venting a clothes dryer into a garage, attic, or crawl space cause problems?

Why is it bad to have a clothes dryer vent near an air conditioning condenser (outdoor unit)? 

What are the code requirements for an outdoor dryer vent cover?

What is the maximum length for a clothes dryer vent? 

How do you inspect a dryer vent? 

• Why is there a water hose connected to the back of the clothes dryer? 

Is a hot water faucet required at a washing machine?

• Is it alright to disconnect the washing machine drain from the septic tank and divert it to the ground in the yard? 

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