Wenatchee Home Inspections- Taking a Stand

This Washington state area inspector wrote this article about the stand pipes for laundry machines. This is important information for home owners and apartment dwellers to be aware of when setting up their washing machines. An error could literally land them in hot water. Dirty soapy hat water at that.

Wenatchee Home Inspections- Taking a Stand

As a home inspector it seems you get a run on certain items that keep showing up. Recently for me it was the washing machine standpipes.

Force it in there    Hmm, trap what trap

I have been doing several homes from the 40’s/50’s era where clothes washing was not performed like it is today.

Modern washing machines use about 30 to 40 gallons per full load for a top loader and about 15 to 25 gallons for a front loader. So you can imagine how much water is being discharged in each cycle.

Today’s standard for a washing machine standpipe should be 2″ pipe. (Years back it was 1-1/2 inches.) Most modern plumbers have the total height of the standpipe to come out at around 42 inches.

The requirement is that the standpipe has to be between 18 and 30 inches above the trap weir. The trap should be 6 to 18 inches above the floor and a minimum of 4″ trap arm to the waste/vent stack.

Washing machine standpipe

With washing machine ability to discharging soapy water in greater quantities you can easily overloading the capacity of the plumbing. And we all like to clean up floods in our home, right?

Wenatchee Home Inspections- Taking a Stand

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