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Get Rid of Washing Machine Odor

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    LESLIE: Pete in New Jersey has got a washing machine that’s causing a bunch of trouble. How can we help?

    PETE: Yes, my washing machine, every time we run the washing machine for the first load of the week or a couple of days, it’s got a very stagnant water; almost like a pond smell to it.

    TOM: Hmm.

    PETE: We have to run the water and let it out and then …

    LESLIE: Like the load empty. This sounds like a trap issue.

    TOM: Yeah, it sounds like you may be having sewage gas that’s backing up into the washing machine. The drain on this is the first place I would start looking at this, Peter. You want to make sure that the water is going through a trap. Do you know what a trap is? It’s like a U-shaped pipe.

    PETE: Yes. And actually, you know what? It does not appear to be going to a trap?

    LESLIE: Well then …

    TOM: And that is part …

    PETE: It’s coming straight out of the back of the – out of the washing machine and then to the hose …

    TOM: Right.

    PETE: … that goes – and then the hose runs into a septic system.

    LESLIE: Well that’s why you’re getting – right?

    TOM: Ah, yeah.

    LESLIE: That’s why you’re getting the scent.

    TOM: Well, I mean it’s going to come out in the hose but where it connects into a pipe the pipe has to have a trap in it. So you may be pulling septic – you may be pulling sewage gas back up that drain hose into the machine. You need to take a look at the drain plumbing on this, Peter. I think that’s going to solve your problem.

    PETE: And just put a U-shaped trap in there, in that connector line, and then I should be OK?

    TOM: Yes, it has to be a fairly tall trap.

    PETE: Right, right.

    LESLIE: Because that water is going to sit there in the bottom and trap those gases …

    TOM: Exactly.

    LESLIE: … and keep that scent from coming up and that should really do the trick.

    TOM: Make sure that drain is higher than the washing machine, too, or you’re going to have a leak issue.

    PETE: OK, I appreciate that.

    TOM: You’re welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT. 

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