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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Washing Machines

Thursday, July 21, 2022

There’s more to know about washing machines than how to select the right wash cycle. Here’s a list of links to some of our articles about washing machines. 

Is a washing machine drain hose required to be secured at the standpipe?

Is a hot water faucet required at a washing machine?

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

Why are rubber washing machine hoses a safety risk? 

• 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? 

• Why is there a floor drain in the laundry room? 

When was a receptacle outlet for a washing machine first required by code?

• When was an electrical receptacle outlet for laundry equipment (washing machine) on a separate, dedicated electrical circuit first required by code? 

• Should I disconnect the washing machine from the septic tank to reduce the load on the system? 

What is the average life expectancy of a washing machine?

• How far away does a washing machine have to be from an electrical panel? 

Does a washing machine receptacle outlet require GFCI protection?

Why are rubber washing machine hoses a safety risk? 

Should I seal the washing machine drain hose to the standpipe? 

• Is a washing machine a plumbing fixture? 



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