How to plumb in a washing machine

Installing a washing machine at home is not as difficult as it sounds. In this article, we tell you the easiest way how to plumb in a washing machine. Whether you need the appliance fitted in the washroom, outside or in the basement, the following guide will help you do it efficiently and safely.


Here is a short guide how to plumb in a washing machine safely and easily:

  • First you will need a flat surface where you can put the washing machine. Even though the ground might be a bit uneven, you can always use the rubber legs to adjust the height. Remember, you need a stable surface so that the machine will not dance around when it is in the spinning cycle.
  • Make sure that there is a water and electricity supply in the area where you would like to install the washing machine. It is not advisable to plug in your machine using an extension cord nor is it prudent to use hose extenders to feed it with water.
  • There should also be a drainage hole so that water can be evacuated properly from your washing machine.
  • Unpack your washing machine and unscrew the 4 transit bolts behind which held the machine's drum in place whilst in transport.
  • When you unpack your machine you should be able to see the PVC hoses that are connected to the back of the machine. They are the water inlet and outlet.
  • Connect the other end to the cold water tap. Tighten the clamps and screws. There are machines though that require both the cold and hot water systems.
  • Take the other PVC hose and put it in the drain pipe as far back as it would allow you to. Make sure there are no kinks so that water is drained efficiently. There should also be space at the end of the drain hose for ventilation. Secure the hose with a screw and bolt or rope.
  • Plug the machine on a wall socket.
  • Open the water valves to the max and check that the rubber seals are tight so no leaks can occur.
  • Do your first test cycle. Make sure no water escapes and dirty water is drained correctly.

Install the machine properly

Learning how to plumb in a washing machine properly is important so you will not get floods and other accidents around your home. If you do it right, you can leave your machine to do its work even when you are away knowing that it is installed and plumbed in safely without flood and electrocution risks.

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