Washing Machine War
Not my actual hook-up
I have declared war and I am losing.
Our washing machine in the basement does not drain fast enough on spin to keep suds from bubbling out of the discharge pipe and over onto the wall. It does not overflow much, but enough that it will eventually soften the plasterboard wall.
The problem is water and suds have to be periodically pumped out as the basement pipe does not drain downhill. It is not a big problem, but it bothers me enough to declare war on the overflow of suds.
I figured that if I eliminated any openings out of the drain pipe, it would force the suds uphill and out while waiting for the pump to periodically force the flow in the correct direction. I fitted a hunk of rubber around the hose from the machine which then sealed the opening from the hose down the drain pipe.
Except I misjudged the power of water and suds to find the easiest exit. Apparently, the easiest exit is not uphill and out the correct drain pipe. The shortest and easiest exit is straight up and then pressuring out what is apparently not a perfect seal. Up to this point, Mrs. Cranky was allowing me to try and fix the problem. When she saw me head downstairs from the garage with a roll of duct tape, she started to object.
“What are you going to do with that?”
“The seal is not tight enough, I need duct tape to tighten it up.”
“You can’t jury rig a fix, it will look horrible.”
“You’d rather have the wall slowly disintegrate?”
“Do it right…it will look terrible.”
“Who the hell is going to see it…it is a laundry room? If we have company, just don’t take them downstairs and show off our crappy laundry room.”
“I’ll see it and I won’t like it!”
“It will be a temporary fix. If it works I’ll figure out a nicer looking fix, but for now this is better than nothing.”
It almost worked. It did not stop the flow completely, but it did stop it enough to barely keep the suds from dripping onto the wall.
I need a better and nicer looking fix and soon. Until then, please do not ask to see our laundry room.