Drain of the washing machine

Washing machines can be found in every household today. In new apartments and houses, the connections are largely the same. In old buildings and older existing buildings, however, there may be significant deviations from the usual standards. This not only applies to the water supply, but also to the drain of the washing machine.

Washing machines have a lot in common

Even if there are many manufacturers of washing machines that offer different models, the devices are one thing in common. The washing machine dimensions are almost identical: there are front and top loaders. They are available in width with the larger standard dimensions and smaller standard dimensions.

Standard equipment of washing machines

Of course, some manufacturers also offer a variety of special sizes, so that the perfect washing machine is available for every need. At the conclusions of a washing machine it is even easier:

  • Power cable with plug (220 V)
  • Intake
  • outlet
  • inlet hose
  • Drain hose (with or without Aquastop)

Hoses are included with new devices

The hoses are included as accessories for a new washing machine. With some providers one can choose between straight and angled hoses (at the connections). But the drain hose is always the same in principle.

Connection of inlet and outlet

On the washing machine side, the drainage hose is screwed tight. On the wall side, the mostly corrugated, soft tube (except drainage tube with Aquastop) opens into a long rubber tube, which tapers towards the end.

The runoff at today's usual outlets

When you connect your washing machine, this hose end is simply stuck firmly in the existing drain. The used for the at least the 1990s outlets for washing machines are largely standardized on the building side. Largely, because there were always renovations and special requests and gives.

Washing machine drains at various positions

When the washing machine connections are in the bathroom, they are often a bit far from other fixtures like the sink. Then an extra connection option is kept available (water, drain, electricity). But it also happens that there are no connections.

Outflow without siphon

Then there are different options again. The washing machines is usually also a bow piece attached, which can be stuck on the drain hose. If you plug it in at the wall end of the drainage hose, it forms a hook. In principle, you can hang the drain hose wherever you need it:

  • sink
  • shower tray
  • bathtub
  • Toilet

If there is no drain for the washing machine

But if you want a solid connection, there are two options: on the one hand, you can replace your siphon for the washbasin with an appropriate insert, which is equipped with a washing machine drain.

Relocating in the ground

However, if you need to position the washing machine elsewhere and it is home ownership, you can of course lay a complete drain. Since bathroom floors are usually elevated, you can either mount it in the floor or build a pretext element up to the location of the washing machine.

Installation in a pretext element

Pre-wall elements are also used today for the installation of other sanitary facilities. However, you must remember that certain lengths must not be exceeded, otherwise you will need an extra drain for the drain. Even the gradient must be according to the construction standards. If you want to lay a drain pipe in the ground, you must pay attention to other installations such as underfloor heating.

Tips & Tricks

Straight, if the connection possibilities do not correspond to the usual standards, there are the most different adapter pieces, that you can convert existing drains so that you can also connect the washing machine there. Before you look in the specialized trade for appropriate components, you should photograph your runoff possibilities and show the salesman. The more detailed he knows, the better and more accurately he can advise you.

In the house journal we offer you numerous other articles around the washing machine. For example, how to repair the washing machine.

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