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Washing Machine: How to Fix a Blocked Pipe

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    LESLIE: Alright. Now we’ve got Michael on the line, giving us a call from Michigan with a washing-machine drain issue. Tell us what’s going on.

    MICHAEL: What happens is when the washing machine drains out, it plugs up the sink in the other room. It runs through, it seems like the – all the two lines are connected somehow. But it backs all the way up into the kitchen sink.

    TOM: Right. So, what’s happening is there’s a clog somewhere down the line and whenever you run the washing machine, the water drains down, hits that clog, can’t get through it and then backs up. Now, have you ever had the line snaked out?

    MICHAEL: What we did, we had a guy go down there – down underneath the house – and look at it. And he says where that line enters into – go into the sewage pipe – it tees off.

    TOM: Right. Right.

    MICHAEL: And he could only – and he can’t get the snake any farther in there.

    TOM: Than the T?

    MICHAEL: Because it runs into a T.

    TOM: OK.

    LESLIE: Mm-hmm. And then it can’t get down there.

    TOM: Well, I mean if I was a drain cleaner, I would probably be opening up the pipes somewhere near that T and then going down from there. It may not be the easiest thing to do but I suspect that there’s got to be a blockage there somewhere, because that’s what you’re describing. You’re describing a line blockage that’s causing the water to back up. And if you get to the bottom of that line blockage, then that’s going to solve the problem.

    Michael, thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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