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My washer pumps water into the standpipe too fast. It overflows all over the floor. Someone suggested restricting the flow rate by using a brass nipple in the drain pipe. How does this work and what size do it buy? Thanks

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You have no problem with the washer, your problem is the pipes have a build up in the that is restricting the outflow of the water. This happened to me and I replaced the pipes.

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  1. If the drain water is overflowing the standpipe then you have a problem with the house drain not the washer.You need to clean out the house drain or call aplumber to do it for you.

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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.

The next and better fix would be to install a bigger standpipe and trap. Go right back the the main line and run a new 2" line and trap to the washer.

I assume that you checked the existing pipe and trap for blockage....but thought I better throw that out there...

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The problem with the new washing machines, is that they dump 20-22 gallons of water in 4-5 seconds. This amount is far more than the garden hose test will submit the drain to. Here are a number of solutions, I hope that one of these will help you.

#1 As mentioned above, you can restrict the flow of the drain pipe. I recommend a 3/4" x 6" brass nipple, or a 1/2" x 6" brass nipple, depending on your specific situation. The brass nipple will not corrode like a galvanized nipple.

#2 There is also a rubber cap that you attach to the drain pipe that fits around the drain hose tightly.

#3 Some situations might require that you have to raise your drain pipe. It is recommended that it be at least 36". This allows for gravity to assist the drain.

#4 Some situations will require that the drain pipe be increase in diameter. Older plumbing applications were installed using 1 1/2" piping. With the newer washing machine discharge volume, the 1 1/2" pipes will not support the discharge. Your drain line will need to be changed to 2". This option will be one of the more costly fixes, depending on the amount of line that needs to be changed.

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