# Washer overflows when draining down the pipe!

Is there a switch or some way to lessen the water coming out to drain?

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From experiencing this problem myself and reading other comments, if you are sure there is not a clog somewhere, then reducing the rate at which the water comes out of the washer or getting a pipe with a larger diameter might be the most reasonable solutions.  As for myself, I am going to try reducing the flow from the washer first...

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Your wall pipe needs to be longer.

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