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Do I need a vacuum breaker valve for washing machine hose faucets?

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

No, washing machine hose faucets are specifically exempted by code from the requirement for a vacuum breaker attachment. Here’s the excerpt from the International Residential Code.

    Another reason not to install a vacuum breaker at a washing machine hose faucet is that the spring mechanism in the vacuum breaker fails over time, especially if the faucet is open continuously, which is typical at a washing machine. It will gush water all around when the faucet is turned off, and can be a problem in a laundry room. See our article Why is the vacuum breaker at my hose faucet leaking, gushing water, or making funny sounds? for more on this.

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Here’s links to some of our other articles about HOSE FAUCETS and WASHING MACHINES:

Is a hot water faucet required at a washing machine?

•  What is the difference between a sill cock, hose bibb, hose faucet, outdoor faucet, and hose spigot?

How many hose bibbs (outdoor faucets) are required by code for a house? 

What is the average life expectancy of a hose bibb?

• What is the average life expectancy of a hose bibb vacuum breaker (backflow preventer)? 

Why is a damaged hose faucet handle a safety defect? 

Why are rubber washing machine hoses a safety risk?

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

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

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? 

• Does a home inspector check the washing machine? 

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