Why is my washer backing up into my bathtub?
But when your sewer line is partially clogged, that large volume of water from flushing your toilet can’t get down the drain fast enough and some of it diverts up your bathtub’s drain.
Clogs in the house’s plumbing allow water to back up into the tub’s drain. Your washing machine’s drain water feeds down a drain pipe, like all of the other plumbing fixtures in your house. The drain water normally should never enter the house again, either through the washing machine’s drain or another drain.
If you experience water backing up into your bathtub, call the professionals at Allen’s Tri-State Mechanical Inc. in Amarillo, Texas. You can call us at (806) 376-8345 or Contact Us by email to learn more about our residential services. You can also stop by our location at 404 S. Hayden St. for more information.
If you see water or debris in the cleanout, a major clog has formed in the drain pipe. If you have a power auger, feed it into the cleanout to snake the sewer drain line and remove the clog. If you still can’t determine the cause of the washing machine’s water backing up into the bathtub’s drain, call a plumber for professional help.
Thankfully, there is a way to slow down the leak should this happen to you: A temporary solution to this problem includes putting a restriction in your washing machine discharge hose. This should slow down the water rate enough to prevent the drain from overflowing.
Can I put Drano down my washing machine drain? Yes. Drano or any drain cleaner can be used to unclog your washing machine drain, but make sure you run your washer without a load of laundry before normal use.
You can also stop your toilet backing up into tub by rinsing the drain with a solution of baking soda and vinegar. Pour one cup of baking soda directly down your shower drain and then follow it up with a cup of vinegar. The solution will bubble slightly, but once it subsides, close the drain or seal it off.
If the water draining out of the washing machine causes the toilet to overflow or backs up into the tub or shower, it’s a good sign the sewer drain is clogged. If the toilets are still flushing fine while this occurs, the problem is likely due to a washing machine stoppage and not the main drain.)