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.

Kitchens for the Holidays


If there is anything 2020 has taught many of us, is to be home cooks. The holidays are a perfect time to prepare and show off those homemade, tasty meals with the ones you love.

We’ve gathered a list of lovely kitchens ready to take on any festive occasion.

5300 Deloache Avenue | Preston Hollow | $3,150,000

2906 Shadow Drive W | Arlington | $2,700,000

7406 Kenshire Lane | Dallas | $2,099,000

11040 Lawnhaven Road | Dallas | $1,949,500

837 Dewberry Lane | Fairview | $1,715,000

2805 Greenhill Drive | Plano | $1,040,000

3904 Dove Creek Lane | Plano | $849,000

1630 Ashington Trail | Farmers Branch | $589,000

722 Huntley Street | Dallas | $575,000

10617 Mccree Road | Lake Highlands | $439,900

For more spectacular properties, visit ebby.com.

Act Now to Get Ahead of Spring Home Market


Act Now to Get Ahead of Spring Market

 

Year-over-year home sales for January and the relatively low inventory of homes available to purchase indicate there is no reason to wait until spring to list your home for sale, according to Chris Kelly, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies.

 

“The latest numbers from North Texas Real Estate Information Systems offer a compelling case for sellers who would like to get a head start on their potential competition,” Kelly says.

 

A few of the highlights from the NTREIS numbers for January 2019 vs. January 2018 include:

 

*  The average sales price for a North Texas home rose 2.8%.

 

*  The average percent of original list price sellers received was 95.2%

 

*  The average days on market was 57 days.

 

“These numbers make it clear that the winter of 2019 offers a great climate in which to list a North Texas property for sale,” Kelly says. “Potential sellers should act now to get ahead of the traditional spring market.”

 

If you’re considering listing your home, contact an Ebby Associate to learn more about the real estate market in your neighborhood and to find out what your home is worth in today’s fast-paced market. To find the ideal agent for your residential real estate needs, visit the award-winning, mobile-friendly ebby.com.

Home Sales, Prices Set Record in May


Home Sales, Prices Set Record in May

 

North Texas home sales surged in May, setting new records, according to Steve Brown, real estate editor at The Dallas Morning News.

 

Real estate agents sold 11,302 preowned single-family homes in May — the largest number of home sales ever in a single month in North Texas.

 

May’s home sales were 9 percent higher than the same month in 2017, according to the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University and North Texas Real Estate Information Systems.

 

The median sales price for a North Texas home was $266,500 — the highest ever recorded. That’s up 5 percent from May 2017, and is half the gain seen at the same time the prior year.

 

The greatest increase in home purchases this year has been for houses priced between $200,000 and $500,000. Overall home sales in North Texas were 4 percent higher in the first five months of 2018 compared with the same period last year.

 

More than 22,000 homes were listed for sale through the real estate agents’ multiple listing service in May. That’s up 13 percent from a year earlier.

 

To find just the right agent for your North Texas residential real estate needs, visit the award-winning, mobile-friendly ebby.com.

 

 

 

Ebby Halliday Companies Set All-Time Sales Record


Ebby Halliday Companies Set All-Time Sales Record

 

Ebby Halliday Companies’ Associates closed more than $900 million worth of Dallas-Fort Worth and North Texas residential real estate during the month of June, setting an all-time monthly sales record for the company. The Ebby Halliday Companies includes Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate.

 

Earlier today, President and CEO Mary Frances Burleson, addressed the company’s sales associates via her weekly e-mail communication, “Your professionalism and performance is outstanding. In true Ebby fashion, you clearly provide unsurpassed service to your clients, to your communities and to the real estate industry.

 

“We are honored to recognize your performance and your contribution to our collective success, Burleson added. “It’s our shared success that perfectly positions the Ebby Halliday Companies and its Associates for continued distinction and growth far into the future.

 

“I would like to personally thank each and every one of you for your individual achievement and for your invaluable contribution to the Ebby Halliday family of companies.

 

“Many, many thanks to you all! You are truly the best!”

 

And many thanks to you Mary Frances. We couldn’t have said it any better!

 

Is Now a Good Time to List a North Texas Home?


Is Now a Good Time to List a North Texas Home?

 

The arrival of fall (at least on the calendar) offers a great opportunity for a check-up of the local housing market. We reviewed the latest numbers and one thing we can say for sure is that what was once considered real estate wisdom – the ideal time to list your home for sale is the traditional spring selling season – is no longer true for Dallas-Fort Worth-area homeowners.

 

Year-over-year home sales for August and the current low inventory of homes available to purchase indicate there is no reason to wait until spring to list a North Texas home for sale. The latest numbers from North Texas Real Estate Information Systems offer a very compelling case for sellers who would like to get a head start on their potential competition.

 

A few of the highlights from the NTREIS numbers for August 2016 vs. August 2015 include:

 

*  The average sales price of a North Texas home has risen 7.9 percent.

*  The average time a home is on the market is only 37 days.

*  The number of homes for sale is down 10.8 percent.

 

With inventory tight and homes selling very quickly, it’s critical for buyers in Dallas-Fort Worth to define their priorities early on to streamline their house-hunting process.

 

While today’s homebuyers have access to a wealth of information, what they often don’t have is a way to tailor that information to their needs. That’s where a properly educated real estate professional can save you a great deal of time and money. You’ll breathe easier knowing that you have an Ebby agent representing your best interests in what may be the most important decision you’ll ever make.

 

Considering buying or selling a North Texas home? The best place to get started is the award-winning ebby.com, where you’ll find just the right agent for your needs.

 

PHOTO: The home at 5730 Mercedes, which was sold by Ebby’s Hotchkiss Group, went under contract in only two days.

 

Is Summer a Good Time to Sell a Home in D-FW?


 

Is Summer a Good Time to Sell a Home in D-FW?

 

While it’s been warm (well, actually quite hot) for a while in North Texas, summer “officially” starts today. With sales prices up and few homes for sale, this summer offers homeowners ideal conditions to sell a home in Dallas-Fort Worth. Competition among buyers is heated and multiple offers are common.

 

Just how hot is the North Texas housing market? Consider that in the past 12 months:

 

* The average days a home is on the market is down 13.6% to only 38 days.

 

*  The median sales price is up 8.5%.

 

*  The number of homes for sale is also down 8.5%, meaning you’ll have less competition.

 

Simply put: If you’re considering listing your home, this summer offers an extraordinary opportunity. Find your Realtor at ebby.com.

Should I Sell My Home This Summer?


Should I Sell My Home This Summer?

 

While it’s already warm in North Texas, summer doesn’t officially start until Sunday, June 21. With sales prices up (significantly), fewer homes for sale and low interest rates, this summer will offer North Texas residents the ideal climate for selling a home. Competition among buyers is heated and multiple offers are common in many area neighborhoods.

 

Just how hot is the North Texas housing market? Consider that in the past 12 months:

 

*  The number of homes for sale is down 19%.

 

*  The median sales price is up 11.9%.

 

If you’re considering listing your Dallas-Fort Worth-area home, this summer will offer you an extraordinary opportunity. Contact an Ebby Associate to learn more about the real estate market in your neighborhood and to determine what your home is worth in today’s fast-paced market. To find the ideal agent for your residential real estate needs, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

An Extraordinary Year for North Texas Real Estate


An Extraordinary Year for North Texas Real Estate

Fantastic news today for the North Texas economy: residential real estate sales at the Ebby Halliday Companies topped $6.64 billion in 2014. That’s a record in our 70-year history, and an approximately 4% increase over our record-setting sales in 2013.

 

“We are so grateful to our valued clients – both home buyers and sellers – who have entrusted us with one of the largest financial transactions of their lifetime,” says President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson. “Sales records of this magnitude reflect the extraordinary performance of our sales associates. We are so pleased to recognize their professional accomplishment and success – they are the reason Ebby Halliday leads the North Texas real estate market.”

 

The Ebby Halliday Companies participated in 19,189 transactions in 2014 and led all North Texas brokerages with 12.2% market share. The nearest competitor had 5.6% market share.

 

Locally owned Ebby Halliday Realtors was founded in 1945 on three principles: service to the client, service to the industry and service to the community. The company has consistently maintained a focus on service to the community. In addition to its support of many North Texas charitable organizations, the Ebby Halliday Companies belongs to 27 local chambers of commerce, actively promoting the North Texas economy both near and far.

State of the D-FW Market


State of the D-FW Market

 

The Dallas-Fort Worth and North Texas residential real estate market continued 2013’s record-setting pace in 2014 with 83,000-plus home sales at a total market value of $20 billion changing ownership.

 

During the past two years, D-FW-area average home values have increased more than 20 percent. In the same period, the average time it takes to sell a home has decreased to less than 60 days.

 

The D-FW area continued to lead the nation in job growth in 2014, and the unemployment rate fell to 4.8 percent, remaining well below the national average. At the same time, salaries in the area increased in almost every income sector, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s good news for both the local economy and area residential real estate sales.

 

It appears 2015 may be another stellar year for the Dallas-Fort Worth and North Texas residential real estate market and for the Ebby Halliday Companies. The recent acquisition of Williams Trew Real Estate by the Ebby Halliday Companies enhances the firm’s presence in Fort Worth and will add significantly to its ability to provide the highest quality of professional real estate services throughout the entire D-FW and North Texas area.

 

Through November, the Ebby Halliday Companies had participated in 1-of-every-5 D-FW area homes sold through MLS during 2014.

 

To view properties listed for sale throughout North Texas, visit the award-winning ebby.com.