Originally Posted By: Tom Cameron
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I have a clothes washer that backs up from time to time and it only has 2 feet of waste line before the trap. I just was looking at a post here that says at least 4 feet of pipe before the trap are needed. I have snaked everything out and the waste line can easily handle a garden hose discharge on full blast but can’t seem to handle the larger amount of water coming out of the washing machine.
The mashing machine is in the kitchen under a window and 4 feet of pipe would put things in the middle of the window. If I relocated the supply lines and the waste line the most I could get might be about 3 to 3.5 feet of drain pipe before the trap.
Can I use larger diameter pipes to act as a ballast of sorts...ie. instead of having 4 feet of 2 inch pipe have 3 feet of 3 inch pipe???
Does anyone have any suggestions. Apparently the original owners here had the same problem but failed to tell us about it when we asked. (I'm a homeowner looking for some advice). Thanks.