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Just got a new washer now my drain is overflowing

I understand that I need a bigger drain pipe to remedy this problem but, I have a bigger problem. My home was built on a slab. the 1 1/4 inch pipe comes out of the cement floor. How do I remedy this problem without getting a jackhammer?

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Ok thats easy enough,,i dont do plumbing but i know appliances,,,go to one of your do it yourself home improvement places and purchase a plastic sink,,,sink has to hold 16 gallons ..or more,,add it to your pipe in the floor and let the water drain into tub first...the most your unit will drain at any one time is 14 gallons,,wash or rinse,,..onthejob...also you can place this truff anywhere with some pvc,,,hold thing might run 49.99..tops

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Yes, the new front loaders do drain much faster...I find that you need to have a 2" drain for them to work properly without over flowing the standpipe.

Now, what can you do??
You can add on to the standpipe and get it up higher, this will do two things... the higher lift will slow down the pump a bit, but will make it work harder and possibly fail quicker...the higher stadpipe will give you a bit more reserve space for the water to collect and then flow down and catchup after the intial burst of flow from the pump. The higher pipe will also create a bit more pressure to push the water down the pipe.

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