Can anyone suggest how to filter washer drainage to prevent lint from
plugging in the pipe? This is happening about once a year.
"None of the new machines have filters. The pump grinds up all the lint
and flushes it down the drain" - I still remember the salesman's exact
The previous machine pumped the water back into a filter in the middle
of the tub and never had any drainage problems. This one doesn't return
to a central place, so it's impossible to rig up a filter in the tub.
Also only one place to drain - standpipe in the wall. No sink nearby.
On 1/14/2016 10:53 AM, Snuffy "Hub Cap" McKinney wrote:
Our washer has a crude filter at the bottom of the unit (virtually
impossible to clean without draining water onto the floor). But, it
only is designed to catch "big stuff".
The cheap way is with old pair of pantyhose around the drain pipe.
But, this turns into a maintenance issue as they don't hold up very long.
OTOH, women frequently have a pair they are ready to dispose of...
Instead, consider the *source* of the lint.
On Thu, 14 Jan 2016 09:53:13 -0800, "Snuffy \"Hub Cap\" McKinney"
There are filter bags of a mesh that go on the end of the hose, but
they would have to slip down the standpipe and may clog fast that way.
I never saw an in-line filter but they may exist. Others would go
into a wash tub.
How far down is the clog? I wonder if you put a drain cleaner every
three months if it would keep it clear? I have no idea how much lint
you actually get. My washer has gone into a standpipe for the past 34
years. Never had a clog.
return to a central place, so it's impossible to rig up a filter in the
I don't even know yet if there's one clog or just solids building up.
Last time it was a combination of lint at the bottom standpipe elbow and
general deposits in the pipe. A large part of the problem is the washer
pump pushing the water out faster than the pipe was designed for.
After I flush out the drain, I'll fasten the washer outlet hose to the
standpipe connector tight so it can't back out. I don't see any problem
with doing that except that the back pressure could damage the pump --
which is fine with me. This is a low-water type machine and has never
gotten the clothes clean. Also, it spins extremely fast - fast enough
to put permanent creases in clothes, and at the same time leaves them
wet. A real first class POS.
There are filters sold made of stainless or nylon that resemble a large
version of a heart stent. I have found the lint pushed out by the machine
may indicate a problem with the machine. The washer is not really supposed
to beat the clothes like rocks, but to push and pull the water through the
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