HELP! My Washing Machine Is Leaking!

plumber working on washing machine plumbing

As visions of sudsy waves rolling down your hallway come to mind, you may be wondering what you would do if your washing machine had an actual plumbing issue.  Sun Plumbing, the premier plumbing services provider in Melbourne, is here to explain what could be going on with your machine and how we can help!

Some Laundry Facts, for Perspective

Before we delve into your possible plumbing issues, let’s look at a few laundry facts to gain some perspective on the matter.  Why would we bother doing a blog about washing machine plumbing when there is so much other plumbing in the house?  We’ll tell you!

According to, the average American family does 8-10 loads of laundry each week.  That is the AVERAGE.  Consider babies who go through multiple outfits due to spitting up or “blowouts” or families with student-athletes who need practice and game gear washed multiple times per week, and this amount can easily climb higher.  This statistic means that 1,000 loads of laundry are started in the United States, every second of every day! Now you can see why we felt that washing machine plumbing should be addressed!  It gets used A LOT!

Top 3 Washing Machine Plumbing Issues

  1. Water is draining out of the washer properly but ending up on the floor.

This can be as simple as a broken drain hose, so the water is literally spilling out from a split in the drain hose.  It can also mean that there is a clog in the pipe.  These clogs are sometimes actually a result of your kitchen sink!  The kitchen sink takes a lot of abuse and clogs happen easily.  The washing machine and kitchen sink often drain through the same pipe.  In this case, you will need to call a plumber.

  1. Other drains in the house are backing up after you do laundry.

According to, if this is occurring, then you may have a large clog in your main sewer drainpipe because that is where all the drains in your home connect.  Once again, this indicates that it is time to call a plumber.

  1. Your washing machine is being obnoxiously loud and bouncing.

Sometimes this is a matter of your washing machine becoming unbalanced.  This can happen when you are washing an unusually large, heavy load, such as towels or bedding.  However, it is also possible that some small item from a pocket has made its way past the filter to the drain pump.  Besides the possibility of gum or a marker ruining your clothes, it is important to check pockets to protect your washing machine and its plumbing.

Sun Plumbing Can Rescue Your Washing Machine

At Sun Plumbing, our highly trained plumbers are ready to tackle your washing machine plumbing or any other plumbing issues you are having.  Having been in business for over 45 years, we have been serving the Melbourne area for a long time, building a stellar reputation in the community.  As we like to say, “We are as dependable as the sun”.  So, please give us a call today!

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