How to Uncover a Clogged Laundry Drain

In many homes, washing machines drain directly into a laundry room. Although this makes the installation of one of these machines easier, it has some disadvantages. The water that drains from the washing machine contains dirt, hair, lint, soap and other remains that are cleaned clothes.

After many washes, these debris can build up and clog your laundry drain. Fortunately, it is relatively easy to repair a clogged drain, which can be easily fixed without having to call a plumber.


  1. Clean any visible hair or lint on the drain surface. If there is stagnant water in the sink, use the plunger to get rid of any obstruction inside the drain. After unclogging, pour in the drain liquid. Follow the instructions on the bottle to deal with obstructions.
  2. In case the obstruction is difficult, use the plumber’s snake. Put old towels under the sink and place the bucket on them, and directly under the laundry pipes. Use the pipe clamp wrench to remove the pipe immediately below the drain. Loosen the nuts holding the U – shaped pipe and remove the latter.
  3. Check both pipes for obstructions. Insert the end of the plumbing snake into the pipe connected to the wall. Slowly insert the snake into the pipe until you feel resistance. Pull out 1.5 inches of cable (3.81 cm) and tighten the locking screw. Push the cable into the drain as you turn the snake handle clockwise. This should cause the obstruction to come loose. If not, repeat this step until it has broken.
  4. Replace all the pipes and clean any leftover water. Run hot water in the drain to remove any leftovers remaining in the pipes. To prevent future blockages, keep the drain clean of fluids and treat it frequently with drain liquid.

 Tips & Warnings

  • Always be careful when working with chemicals.