How to Fix an Overflowing Washing Machine Pipe

Updated April 17, 2017

Washing machines are generally simply to use. With their basic controls and buttons, you don’t have to exert a lot of effort to wash your clothes. Your washing machine turns into a nuisance the moment you encounter problems such as an overflowing drain pipe. This is a common mechanical problem in washing machines when there’s a stuck fill valve. You need to remember that you cannot stop water from overflowing by simply turning off your washing machine. You need to shut the water off from its main source and fix the problem directly.

Pour a cup of drain cleaner in your machine’s drainpipe and wait for an hour to allow the solution to settle. Run the washing machine with a full load of clothes to confirm that the drain is open.

Get a long plastic funnel and pour another cup of liquid drain cleaner into the drain through the funnel. The drain cleaner will melt any form of debris that is causing the pipe to overflow. Wash the funnel with water for a few minutes to decontaminate it.

Connect your drain bladder to the garden hose. Insert the hose and the bladder as far down the washing machine pipe as you can.

Connect the opposite end of your garden hose to the hose faucet and turn the faucet on. You should hear a humming noise coming directly from the bladder. The humming sound is completely normal. If the sound is low-pitched, it means the drain is under pressure or clogged. If the water can run freely into the pipe, the sound is more high-pitched.

Turn off the water faucet and wait for the water to drain out. Your bladder should retract to normal size.

Remove the drain bladder and the hose, and run a full load through the washing machine to check if the pipe is fully fixed.

Get your draining machine and position it near the washing machine. Insert the machine’s cleaning cable into your washing machine pipe using your hand until you feel resistance.

Turn on the machine by pushing on the power button and start feeding the cable into the drain.

Run the cable in and out of the drain and get another full load of laundry into the washing machine. See to it that the drain is open to fully drain the water from the washing machine.

Things You'll Need

  • Liquid drain cleaner
  • Long plastic funnel
  • Drain bladder
  • Garden hose
  • Water faucet
  • Draining machine
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Based in New Jersey, Susan Raphael has been writing technology-related articles since 1991. Her work has appeared in “Wired” magazine, and “Mac Addict” magazine. Raphael received the Janet B. Smith Literary Award in 2002. She holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from New York University.