I have a two story home...66 y/o. The second floor is unfinished, but
will at some point become a "master suite". There is room up there to
put a bathroom and what I would like to make into a laundry room. So,
my question is; what special considerations do I have to take in order
to put a washer and dryer on the second floor of a 66 y/o house? The
folks at the local appliance store mentioned concerns such as the RPM
of the washer, sound dampening of the space, and vibrations through the
structure caused by rotating machinery.
I know that having a laundry room on an upper floor is no novelty, but
what should be my concerns? Any and all advice is appreciated.
A washer is not as heavy as a bathtub but...
Before you finish the upstairs and put in your new laundry, you'll need
to see if the attic floor joists (ceiling of the floor beneath) can
support the load. Many times ceilings are put up with 2x4 or 2x6
(nominal inches) boards for the joists, which will not support
habitation. If you don't know what this means don't start building up
Sound deadening might help.
Other item to check out is a square pan that you set the washer into,
and if it springs a leak a drain attached to the pan carries thw water
away rtather than it flooding the house.
Definitely use the drain pan. I live in an 80 year old converted Summer
cottage on the river. Was originally not planned to be a year around
residence so the floor joists are mostly 2 x 6's. Basement is not much more
than a crawl space so I built a laundry area in the bathroom. Being aware
of the floor problem and having sold washers and dryers for the last 15
years, I went with a General Electric top load machine. They are designed
to operate on a wood floor without jumping around or vibrating excessively.
I've never had the washer move even a fraction of an inch from it's original
spot( four years running, now) and feel no vibration when it is spinning.
We used to demonstrate the machine's stability by letting it spin with a
glass of water sitting on top. The water hardly shook. That being said, I
would stay away from any machine made by Whirlpool, (sold those, too) as
they'll walk even on a concrete floor. And the really high speed spin of a
front load, although being on a different spin axis, could cause a lot of
vibration. The difference between GE and Whirlpool all has to do with the
way the tub is suspended.
in buffalo ny: our 1910 2 story wood frame flat roof knows when the
wind blows. we live on the 2nd floor. it's been happy with as many as 3
waterbeds. we have a conventional maytag toploading washer. we have a
$10 water alarm on the floor [which has sounded for laundry tub
overflows and a washer hose leak. i would suggest a drained plastic
pan under it like a water heater would have. i would suggest the new
smart supply hoses that know when they need to shut off. i have avoided
buying a high speed and a front loader for vibration and water
it sounds like you are worrying correctly like me, so keep it up! :)
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