Install a Washing Machine Drain

When installing a washing machine, it is necessary to properly install the drain hose to ensure that the washer drains properly. There are three types of drain configurations that may apply to your washer: a standpipe, floor drain or laundry tub. Each type of drain has specific requirements that ensure that the water flows away from the washer at the correct time. When installing the drain hose, it is important to secure the hose to the drain to ensure that it does not fall out and spill a large amount of water in your home.

Measure the height of the standpipe or laundry tub. The standpipe or laundry tub must be located at least 39 inches off the floor, but cannot be higher than 96 inches off the floor.

Install a siphon break kit on the end of the drain hose, following the kit's manufacturer instructions. The siphon break kit is required only when using a floor drain.

Insert the end of the drain hose into the drain hose form that was included with the washer when installing the drain hose in a standpipe or laundry tub. Ensure that no more than 8 inches of the drain hose is installed in the standpipe, if installing the drain hose into a standpipe.

Insert the drain hose and drain hose form into the standpipe; fit the drain hose form onto the side of the laundry tub. Insert the drain hose into the floor drain, if using one.

Secure the hose in place to ensure that it does not move, using a beaded tie strap.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Siphon break kit
  • Beaded tie strap
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Andrew Todd has been writing since 2006. He has written for the Consumer Search website and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida. Todd has a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from the University of Central Florida.