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Water overflows drain pipe when draining.

I have had a plumber out twice because my drainpipe overflows when the washer is draining. The first time the plumber snaked the pipe and the machine was fine for 6 weeks. He came back and said it has to be a suds buildup because there wasn't anything in the drain the first time he snaked it so he didn't do it the second time.

Can you help? How could I get rid of the suds buildup?

Thank you.

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  • Anonymous Feb 08, 2009

    I have the same problem and want to know if there is a way to turn down the rate of pump emptying the washer

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You don't you get a different plumber may only be a partial restriction in drain line and could be any where down the line water is pump out on some washer faster than a restricted drain can handle it and no there is no way to reduce rate water is being pump out..been there have the t-shirt

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