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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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