With lots of water flowing in and out, a laundry room needs to be plumbed correctly. Learn how with our plans for setting up laundry room plumbing.
You can't just buy a washing machine, bring it home, and hope it works. These dutiful appliances need to be hooked up to a water supply and draining system first.
In a basic laundry room, supply pipes branch off to provide hot and cold water to both the utility sink and the washing machine. The machine's drain hose clips to the side of the utility sink, which has a P-trap that connects to a house drain line.
A washing machine needs hot and cold water and a drain. You'll need to install washing machine valves, which look like outdoor hose bibs but point straight down. The washer drain hose hooks to a standpipe or a sink, which has a P-trap that connects to a house drain line. The drain for either of these must slope down at a rate of 1/4 inch per running foot.
Many washing machines are self-leveling. Grab the machine by its control panel at the top rear, pull forward to slightly tilt the machine, and let it drop back solidly on all four feet. Adjust the front legs to make sure the machine is level in both directions.