My washing machine doesn't have any lint filter, only a lint chopper.
I've never seen it, but I've certainly seen a lot of lint come out,
chopped or not. I use another device because I don't want to clog the
check valve in my laundry sink drain pipe.
Do you think this device you recommend will go more than one load
without needing cleaning?
How many loads do you go, and do you have a separate cleanable lint
filter in your washing machine.
There seems to be some confusion here.
Micky responded to nestork's post about an in-line filter, while you
described the concept behind the in _drain_ filter that I linked to.
BTW...there are at least three was to clean the in-drain filter. Sometimes
I just wrap my hand around the lint and slide it off without removing the
filter from the drain, toss it in the garbage, then rinse my hand.
Sometimes I pull filter out and give it a quick hard "snap" over the
garbage and the lint comes off. Every now and then I give it a good
rinsing, inside and out, after removing the majority of the lint.
One downside is that you sometimes have to rinse out the sink because the
slower draining water doesn't always wash everything towards the drain.
What's confusing me is why you guys have so much lint in the water
coming out of your washer.
It seems to me that there will be SOME lint, the odd strand of thread
and maybe a button or two a year, but there shouldn't be so much lint
that the lint filter needs cleaning after every wash.
On Saturday, June 7, 2014 3:17:04 PM UTC-4, nestork wrote:
I've never had a problem with lint clogging a drain line, but it seems reasonable that a fair amount of lint would go down the drain. Just
look at the lint screen in a typical dryer. That frequently has a lot
of lint after just one use. If lint is in the dryer, seems reasonable
it's in the wash water too. Most drain systems aren't that sensitive
to it. But if you have one that is marginal, seems that lint from
the washer could foul it up.
I have three washers for 21 apartments and all three washers ultimately
drain into the same drain pipe and I've never had that drain clog.
Maybe it's because that drain pipe connects to the main (6 inch
diameter) drain line from the building, and it would take a lot more
than lint to clog that line.
I'm just surprised that the lint wouldn't be carried by the water, even
if the water is moving slowly, for far enough to reach the main sewer
line. Perhaps this is something that only concerns septic tanks... I
So I assume you don't have a lint trap on the drain hose of any of those
washers. Perhaps you should give it a try just to see. I think you'd be
surprised how much lint is produced from each load of wash. I'm not saying
it has to be cleaned after every wash but there is a fair amount produced
I stopped using the end-of-hose mesh style traps because of the problems I
had when they did eventually get filled up. The pump on my front loader is
pretty powerful. When the lint trap would get filled up, the water would
start shooting out of the trap in all directions. Most of those directions
were not down into the utility sink. Eventually it would blow the trap off
of the hose where it would then often block the sink drain. The front
loader doesn't use enough water to overflow even one side of the double
utility sink, but the spray from the filled trap got the floor and walls
wet and then I had to reach into the dirty water to find the trap and
Now that I used the plastic in-the-drain filter, those problems are
On Sun, 8 Jun 2014 04:05:03 +0000 (UTC), DerbyDad03
This woudn't be an issue for me but I have a check valve in the laundry
sink drain pipe. And I think it would take only a tiny bit of lint
near the hinge, or a little more away from the hinge, to keep the valve
from shutting completey. As I've said a few times over the years, I
need the check valve because sometimes the stream rises higher than the
manhole covers near the stream, the stream fills the sewer and the sewer
backs up into my basement and the 3 townhouses next to mine, which are
the lowest houses in the n'hood.
Indeed, the first time after I installed the check valve that the water
got this high, it was entering the sink fast, and I had to go to plan 3
which was a rubber stopper, and a piece of heavy picture frame shoved
between the stopper and a shelf above the sink, screwed to the shelf
braket which is screwed to the wall. the shelf has maybe 40 pounds of
things on it. Now that stopped the water.
Once I forgot to put the stopper in, and even then only about 16 oz. of
water got on the floor, which seems to me to mean that the check valve
does work somewhat.
But the newest problem is that after 25 years, the rubber stopper seems
to have gotten smaller, or the drain hole bigger. The stopper was
firmly jambed in place when the sink overflowed, and on aother occasion,
I could see water coming out around the edge of the stopper. It's
frustrating knowing there's nothing I can do except try to start a
continous siphon to the sump pump sump.
I bought another stopper and it seemed smaller, and I've bought two more
but haven't tried them yet.
Or maybe I should wrap the old stopper with something? Saran wrap?
Pardon me for laughing
I may get one of those. Priority now is to fid a stopper that fits.
replying to Harry Avant, rsimon wrote:
To answer those asking why one needs to block the hair/lint coming from a
washing machine when you don't have a laundry sink, I just had my washing
machine drain pipe unclogged.. There was so much dog hair and sludge in it - it
overflowed into my wetbar sink and on the floor. Rotorooter came out and got
rid of the clog but I would really like to find a solution to ensure all the dog
hair in my laundry doesn't clog it again
Vacuum the dog. Anything you put before the standpipe may cause more
problems than it solves.
It would take a lot of dog hair to clog the drain. You may have other
issued causing the hair to get caught up in the pipe.
Can you run a wire down the standpipe every three months? How far down
the drain was the clog?
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