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Washer backing up into slop sink
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cjc    Posted 12-05-2001 at 19:18:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here's the dilema........about a month ago I moved the washer and dryer to the basement...tied into the existing water lines, electric, waste, far so good. Wife VERY HAPPY.

You can run anything in the house that feeds into this sink, dishwasher, slop sink...and they all drain just fine...into a gray water system. There is a seperate system for the septic tank....

Problem...whenever the clothes washer drains, the slop sink fills part way up...about 6 to 8 inches of water. Of course, it drains down later.

Any ideas how to fix this problem?

Thanks for any input.

Spence    Posted 12-07-2001 at 12:12:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Is there an "S" trap under the sink. Washers
tend to leave cloth scum in these just like hair
in the bath strainer. The washers themselves may
have a scum cleaner in it.

The trap may have a cleanout plug, just remove plug and jab a hooked wire in there and
remove the crud.

IHank    Posted 12-07-2001 at 06:46:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
cjc- It sounds like you need a surge tank for the washing machine outlet hose to empty into. A 55 gallon drum will work just great and serve several purposes.

Install a garden hose screw on nipple about 6" above the bottom of the barrel and rotated about 45 degrees from being in line with the big bung hole on top. Place the barrel beside the washing machine and hang the discharge hose into the big bung hole in the barrel top. Rotate the barrel so the bung hole is at the back next to the wall. Connect a garden hose to the screw on nipple and run the hose so's it will discharge into the floor drain.

Dig up a piece of plywood and place it on top of the barrel, to make a little work table beside the washing machine.

The barrel will partly fill with the high volume waste water output from the washing machine, then slowly release the water to the drain. This will prevent the momentary flooding problems. The barrel will also act as a sludge and lint trap and help keep that stuff from clogging the drain pipes under the house.

If you live in a climate where it seldom freezes, like my Sis that did this trick, you can put the washing machine in the garage and run the drain hose out to water the flower beds. That worked just great for some years, 'till a mouse chewed a hole in the garden hose back under the work bench and flooded the garage! Good luck, IHank

Dreamweaver    Posted 12-06-2001 at 17:46:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
What is a slop sink?

Hogman    Posted 12-06-2001 at 19:27:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
DW I think it's tha "set tub" from tha disscussion. Just depends on what part of tha country Ya be in. Some might even call it a laundry tub.

CJC    Posted 12-11-2001 at 19:24:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
DreamWeaver.. a slop sink is any sink that me or my son is washing his hands in.......really, just a big ole sink that is like an old wash tub that you wash the grimiest stuff out with....and thanks everybody for your ideas. I like IHanks the best, bet Momma would find a hole for me and put me an the barrel in it. But I bet it would work just fine.

ed    Posted 12-06-2001 at 15:18:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My washer does the same thing. I never considered it a problem. The washer drains faster then the sink. No big deal.

Franz    Posted 12-05-2001 at 21:50:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Couple possibilitys, I have a similar setup with dual waste water systems and a grease trap.
First possibility, if the situation developed immediately after the move is that the gray water waste line probably needs a cleaning. My wife switched dishwasher detergents about 8 months back, and nearly closed off the waste line on that system cause the detergent reacted with the grease residue and formed what looked like concrete on the inside of the line.
The second possibility, if the backup situation took a bit of time to appear is that the washer is pumping fibers from the clothing out and they've partly plugged the drain. That one is solved by drain cleaning and an old nylon stocking over the discharge hose from the washer.

rhudson    Posted 12-05-2001 at 20:45:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I know this is not a good idea but...i moved our washer recently, adding 5 elbows and some straight. the machine pumped water out faster than the extra 1 1/2 line would allow. i put a hose clamp on the washer flex hose and tightened it down until it no longer overflowed.

Nathan(GA)    Posted 12-05-2001 at 19:41:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Joe has a good idea. If that doesn't work, you could put a check valve(one way) in the sink drain.

My mothers washer drain would back up and run over. I found that grease had partially blocked the drain under the sink.

JoeK    Posted 12-05-2001 at 19:33:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just a shot in the dark here,but clothes washers"dump"their water a a very high rate compared to sink,dishwasher etc.If lines downstream from sink are not restricted or partially blocked,you may need to upsize to pipe to solve the problem.I would"clean" the downstream lines first and go from there.

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