Washer overflowed, good thing I had a drain in the floor.

@writersedge (22579)
United States
October 29, 2010 8:42am CST
My over 20 yr old washer overflowed. I got distracted on Mylot so I didn't keep the washer moving manually like I've been doing. But I designed the bathroom in this house and the neighbor put a drain in the floor. So I picked up a couple of things and pushed the water toward the drain. Don't you just love it when you design something to work and it does? I have a fan and a drain in my bathroom. Two things that I really miss when I go to someone else's house.
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
29 Oct 10
Ugh, I can relate to washers that throw up..lol Having a drain put in is an excellent idea. We had to do this with our stupid water heater because of the way it kept leaking. I should tell my husband if he ever gets around to finishing the laundry room, to install a drain..My question is, how do you keep undesirables out? Like bugs?
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
31 Oct 10
A screan at floor level keeps bugs out and water can still go down. A plastic top with holes even with the floor (and the same color) makes it blend in. My drain goes down to the basement through a hose and to the subpump where everything can be pumped outdoors. Good questions. Take care.
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• United States
31 Oct 10
Yeah good questions, because though I don't want my floor to fall in from an overflowing machine like last time, I also can't stand bugs,..lol Of course I should have thought of that, a screen, duh..."Ok, carmela, how do you keep bugs from coming into your house during the summer!!!"
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
1 Nov 10
I don'r think it's as obvious as all that. The only bugs that bug me are the ones that bite. Take care.
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@celticeagle (118560)
• Boise, Idaho
31 Oct 10
I let the washer overflow once years ago. We had water all over the downstairs. It was quite a mess. We had a drain in the floor. Thank goodness. I hate that. Don't recall now how it happened either. Something I did wrong.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
1 Nov 10
There are many ways it can happen. My brother put half a bottle of laundry liquid and the washer on large load one time with hot and cold water. We had the wildest sudsing volcano!
@celticeagle (118560)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Nov 10
I bet! I really don't recall how it happened.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
30 Oct 10
Wow...that is an awesome idea! Very clever to design it with a drain in the floor.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
31 Oct 10
It's pretty much standard when we redo a bathroom, that and the fan. I wish more people had a fan in their bathroom.
@GardenGerty (100376)
• United States
29 Oct 10
So sorry your washer is giving you fits. I am glad you have a design that works. How did you have such forethought to put that drain in. I see it in public bathrooms a lot, but never thought of doing it in a home.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
31 Oct 10
I had thought of it, but when I drew my design, had forgotten to draw it in. Then my brother reminded me when I had him check my design. He has redone every bathroom he's ever had I(think big football player with trailer bathrooms, think uncomfortable bathtubs for a super-sized person). Given how old it is, it's not too bad. Just the water had been coming in slowly and I had been catching it in time and moving the dial forward. With all the rain we had, suddenly, we had more water pressure. Checked on the washer at the same time during the cycle that I normally do and it was already overflowing. But the water pressure is what did it. So I'll have to keep a better eye on it. Like while cleaning the bathtub or washing the floor, checking on the washer every few minutes. Thanks for responding and take care.