I have a problem with my clothes washer overflowing the 1.5"
standpipe. I've read that others have this problem. In the past,
chemical clog removers have been ineffectual at clearing the lint and
soap which (I assume) is partially responsible for the backup. I've
tried snaking past the trap and never been successful. I've paid for
a plumber a couple times and he's been able to get it snaked out
enough that it works for a year or so before clogging again. Even
after snaking it I've had to rig up a system that hold the washer hose
up as far as possible out of the standpipe, in order to give it more
time to fill and reduce tendency to backup when the water first starts
Recently it started backing up again. I've done some 'net research
and come up with a sort of solution that seems to work. I want to
bounce it off others in case there's a problem here I'm not seeing.
Using a hose clamp, I've attached a 12" length of clear hose to the
washer output hose. Using another hose clamp I restricted the clear
hose down to something a bit smaller than the 1" diameter of the
washer output hose. There's enough clear hose left after the second
hose clamp that I can stuff it about 2" down into the standpipe. The
outer diameter of the clear hose is almost the same as the inner
diameter of the standpipe, creating a nearly airtight fit. Watching
the washer drain through the clear hose, it appears to me that: (1)
the water backs up between washer output hose and the hose clamp
restriction, but not for very long. At the end of each flush cycle
there appears to be plenty of time when barely any water is being
pumped through the clear hose, which makes me think it's not backing
up significantly upstream of the restriction. (2) The standpipe is
still backing up somewhat, but the tight fit between the clear hose
and the standpipe results in minimal leakage.
1. Does anyone see a problem with this? Is there any potential
problem caused by the fact that system is essentially closed
(airtight) from the washer to the standpipe?
2. This system does nothing to alleviate the lint/soap buildup
problem. Is there a product I could use which would do a better job
of clearing the clog than the chlorine-based products I've tried in
the past? [obvious answer is a snake, though I haven't personally had
any success with the snake here in the past].
3. Some washers have internal lint catchers. Our washer has nothing to
collect lint inside the washer. We've tried metal mesh lint filters
at the washer output before but they clog up so fast that they cause
an overflow after 2-3 washings. Anyone know of an aftermarket
internal lint catcher?
4. Is there something I'm missing that I should be asking?