10 Steps to Drain Water Out of a Washing Machine


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We know how annoying can be when you go to your laundry area to transfer a load of clothes from the washer to the dryer, but water remains in the washer tub even though the cycle has finished. It can be confusing, frustrating and inconvenient when this happens. You can turn on the spin cycle to see if the water will drain, but if that doesn’t help, you’re right back where you started – with a load of soaking laundry and a washer full of water.  

Why Won’t My Washing Machine Drain Water? 

There are a few possibilities why your washing machine won’t drain. that might happen. Your washer may have a clogged drain hose or the pump may be broken. A broken lid switch or belt could also be the culprit. It may even be something as simple as the hose being jammed. Whatever the reason, the water will need to be drained from the washing machine before any work or diagnosis can be done. 

What Does the Drain Function on a Washing Machine Do? 

It removes the water from the tub during the spin cycle. The washer pump forces water from the bottom of the machine into the drain hose. The drain hose loops to the top of the machine, and then down to the drain, enabling the tub to fill. When the water reaches the bend in the hose, it goes out of the drain. 

How to Drain Water Out of a Washing Machine 

If you have water in your washer that hasn’t drained, you have a couple of options: 

One is to bail it out, but that can be a time consuming and tedious process. It can also be hard on your back to bend over to reach the bottom of the tub repeatedly. An easier way is to let the drain hose and gravity do the hard work for you. Here are some of the things you’ll need to have on hand for the task: 

  • Bucket
  • Screwdriver
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Sponge and towels
  • Clamp 

Step 1 – Turn off the power 

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Unplug the washer from the outlet or turn off power at the circuit breaker or fuse box. While not mandatory, it’s also a good idea to turn the hot and cold water connections to the washing machine just to be safe.  

Step 2 – Locate the drain hose at the back of the washer 

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First, look to see if it is bent or kinked, which may be blocking the water flow. If that’s the case, simply straightening the hose may fix the problem. If the hose has no visible bends or kinks, then disconnect it from the drain, unscrewing with a clamp attached if necessary. Be sure to keep the hose higher than the washer tub until you’re ready to empty the water.  

Step 3 – Prepare your bucket and drain hose 

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Get the bucket in place and drop the hose lower than the washer tub into the bucket. If the bucket fills, raise the hose above the washer tub until you can empty the bucket and start to fill it again. If the water doesn’t flow freely, the filter may be blocked, which you’ll need to clear before continuing. 

Step 4 – Check for and remove all clogs in the drain hose 

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Once the water has drained, check the hose for a clogged piece of clothing or a soap blockage. Loosen the clamp that connects the hose to the bottom of the tub and inspect the inside. If you see something clogging the hose or a clog where the hose connects, remove it with your pliers and reconnect the hose. 

Step 5 – Check for deeper clogs in the drain or beyond  

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If the hose is clear, there may be a clog in the drain or beyond, which means you’ll likely need to use a plumber’s snake to clear it.  

Step 6 – Inspect the washer pump 

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Check the washer pump, to see if it has a clog or a broken impeller, belt or a leak. Refer to your manufacturer’s instructions for a diagram of your unit’s pump location and parts. In most cases, you’ll notice an unusual noise when the washer is operating that indicates a bad pump, or leaking may also be a sign. If you have a bad pump, you’ll need to replace it or call a qualified service technician for help. If you replace it yourself, be sure to purchase the same pump model.   

Step 7 – Inspect the washing machine lid switch

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To see if the lid switch is working, depress it by hand. If you don’t hear a click, it may be broken and need replacing.  

Step 8 – Inspect the washing machine for damaged belts 

To see if damaged belts are causing your drain problem, unscrew the access panel and check the main belt and the pump belt. Refer to your manufacturer’s diagram to locate these parts. 

Step 9 – Check to see if your configuration includes a washing machine drain vent 

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A drain vent allows air in which can help prevent a vacuum that could hamper water draining properly from the machine.  If there is a gap around the drain hose where it enters the drain, you may not need a vent. You should have a vent if building codes require one or if your washer is more than four feet from the vent stack for proper draining. 

Step 10 – When in doubt, call a service professional for help 

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If you’ve drained the water from your washer and inspected the hose, pump and lid switch and still can’t pinpoint the problem, you’ll probably need to call a professional plumber or washing machine service technician for help.

10 Fast Fixes for Your Home


10 Fast Fixes for Your Home

 

It’s important to give your home a breath of new life every so often. Below are a few tips to help you spiff up your house, from the front porch to the dining room table.

 

Front door décor — Liven up your front porch by replacing seasonal plants with new color. Freshen up the area with a good hosing down and consider a new paint job if needed.

 

Update your threshold —The base of your front door sees a lot of traffic. You’ll be amazed at the transformation you’ll see with just a few coats of paint.

 

Refresh your floors — If you’ve got hardwoods that have seen better days, pick up a water-based formula like Bona and add a little elbow grease. This simple treatment will keep your floors gleaming for months.

 

Quiet the creaks ­— Silence squeaky doors, bed frames, and other metal joints with a dose of WD-40.

 

Sweeten a stinky disposal —Drop cubes of frozen white vinegar and a few lemon peels down your disposal to combat the odors that can build up in your kitchen sink. Run the tap on cold and let the disposal do its thing for about a minute.

 

Change your ring — An updated doorbell can do wonders for your home and is such an easy thing to swap out, just be careful with live wires.

 

Tighten up — Tend to those loose door knobs and drawer pulls. A couple of screwdrivers and a walk around your home will have these pesky pulls fixed up in no time.

 

Give hardware a facelift — A can of copper, bronze, or nickel spray paint has the ability to completely transform the look of your kitchen. By updating the finish on your hardware, you introduce a fresh new feel.

 

Have a knock out number — Grab an easy-install solar light and hang it above your home’s address to make your home more inviting and easier to find. While you’re at it, pick up some new numbers to give the exterior of your home a simple but effective new look.

 

Fix dining table scratches — For scratches that penetrate beyond the wood finish, rub a shelled walnut gently across the marks and then polish with a soft cloth. The nut’s oils naturally conceal the blemishes.

 

 

7 Wise Ways to Start a Renovation


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If you’re planning a renovation at your home, no matter how small, you need to take some time to prepare. Follow these seven tips to make your home improvement project as successful as possible.

 

1. Don’t expect perfection: Contractors, designers, bricklayers…they’re all human. Prepare mentally by realizing ahead of time that you’re probably going to hit some little bumps on the road. If you’ve done your due diligence, the expert(s) you’ve hired will come through for you.

 

2. Set a budget: It’s never smart to think you’ll just figure it out along the way. Talk to the people you’ve hired and work out a budget and payment schedule. If you decide to make a splurge purchase or two along the way, that’s fine, but having a planned budget from the beginning will help you reign in costs.

 

3. Don’t hire the cheapest labor: You get what you pay for. Interview multiple companies/experts before you choose your renovation partner(s). And remember, the lowest bid isn’t usually the best.

 

4. Keep calm: Try to keep your cool when hiring and working with professionals. Your attitude towards them and their work can affect the outcome of the renovation.

 

5. Set aside time: How often do you hear of a renovation finishing early or even on time for that matter? Don’t assume that you’ll be the exception to this common occurrence. With all the moving parts and decisions to be made during a renovation, you need to be realistic about how long it will take to complete.

 

6. Open up: You’ve hired these professionals to alter one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make, your home. It’s important that you have a trusting and open relationship with them. Think of them as your partners, not your employees.

 

7. Design for real life: Open shelves and sleek materials look nice in magazines, but they’re not always great for daily life. If you’re not a particularly organized person, don’t expect yourself to change just because of your renovation. Find a way to design your space so that it is both beautiful and practical.

Small Space Solutions


Small houses are charming, cozy, and ideal for all types of homeowners, but the one catch is that they are just that, small. Smaller homes can work for anyone, though, if you just know how to capitalize on the space that they do have. Here are a few solutions to help make any small home have all the space you need.

 

All of these rooms belong to homes that are currently on the market, so if you’re on the hunt for the perfect small home click the images below to see the full property!

Small Space Solutions

Double Duty: Find furniture that is beautiful and functional, like this ottoman that serves as seating and opens up to keep clutter out of sight.

 

Built-ins: Built-ins are the ultimate in small house storage. The unit above can act simultaneously as an entertainment unit and storage for toys, blankets, and seasonal decor. Plus, built-ins don’t protrude into a room so they give the illusion of more space.

 

Open Windows: Keeping your windows bare or dressing them with sheer linens is the best way to assure that the most light enters your space. Light naturally makes rooms feel bigger, and a view to the outdoors does the exact same. Heavy curtains halt they eye and can make spaces feel more cramped.

 

Small Space Solutions

Mirrors: Mirrors are the easiest and most beautiful trick when it comes to small spaces. They bounce light around rooms and their reflection effectively  doubles the visual space.

 

Glass Shelving: Anything glass or clear is a immediate capitalization on space. Simply allowing the eye to see through things gives the illusion of more space.

 

Small Space Solutions

Dedicated space: In this kitchen, a wonderful home office is carved out of a niche that may once have been a shallow pantry. It’s important to know what kind of rooms will be most utilized when making decisions like this in your home. This home office, with open upper cabinets and closed lower cabinets to hide clutter, is perfectly nestled in this kitchen.

 

Small Space Solutions

Keep It Horizontal: Horizontal striped rugs and walls with horizontal paint or details work to visually widen a narrow space.

 

Open furniture: Consider furniture that has an open construction. This allows the eye to travel through it instead of taking up visual space.

 

Photos via ebby.com & Shoot2Sell

18 Ways to Improve Curb Appeal


18 Ways to Improve Curb Appeal

If you’re selling your home or you’re just tired of your home’s first impression, we’ve got a list of 18 cheap ways to improve your curb appeal.

 

Curb appeal can do a lot to damage a potential buyer’s view of your home. An up kept lawn, broken shutters, or dirty gutters can go a long way to sway a buyer’s outlook. You should know that the outside of your home is assumed to be a reflection of what lays inside.

 

If you’re not selling, freshening up your curb appeal is a great way to revitalize your pride in your home and fall in love with it all over again. With a little work and some elbow grease your home will be the envy of the neighborhood.

 

-Wash and repair your windows

-Cut back and maintain the plants around the foundation of your home. Replace them completely if needed

-Update, clean, or repaint any light fixtures on the exterior of your home or in your front yard

-Repair, paint, or buy a new mailbox

-Clean or replace the window treatments inside your home that are visible from the outside

-Repair any path or walkway to your home

-Remove dead plants and/or their dead branches

-Mow, fertilize, and water your lawn

-Power wash exterior features. Use the machine for any path, driveway, or walkway and implement elbow grease for more fragile or painted features

-Get rid of cobwebs around light fixtures, railings, and in ceiling corners

-Add potted plants by the entry or plant rows of flowers along any path or walkway

-Repaint your front door

-Repaint your shutters

-Sweep your porch clear of any leaves or debris

-Don’t use your porch or front yard for storage. Put away all toys, yard equipment, and garbage cans

-Add some seating to your front porch/entry

-If you have a pet, clean up after them in the yard

-Clean your gutters

 

Most of these things can be done easily by yourself or with help from friends and family, but don’t overextend yourself, hire a professional where needed. You can implement all of these tips or take on just a few, either way you’re sure to notice a beautiful difference in your home’s curb appeal.

 

Photo: 806 Hillcrest, Southlake