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Old 09-22-2011, 07:23 PM   #16
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Not even worth it. And I am not your brother. Personally, a washing machine, dryer, etc belong in a utility room, garage if in a warmer climate, or basement if there is one available. The placement of a washing machine in a living space will not only cause health problems due to the humidity from using, but also the moisture from the machines, will help to spur the growth of mold & mildew.
No offense, but that is hogwash. If that were the case, every basement in would be covered in mildew. You can put a washer and dryer in any room you want except one that will be hermetically sealed. Why scare people with nonsense? Isn't a basement or utility room considered living space?

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No offense, but that is hogwash. If that were the case, every basement in would be covered in mildew. You can put a washer and dryer in any room you want except one that will be hermetically sealed. Why scare people with nonsense? Isn't a basement or utility room considered living space?
*facepalm* no. Unfinished basements and utility spaces are not living spaces.

Personally, I would never want washer/dryer on the second floor or bedroom adjacent because 1) they are loud; 2) they are HOT; and 3) because in case of catastrophe there's a mess upstairs AND downstairs.

To OP - this is a project that will/should be inspected and permitted and will be governed by local regulations. Before you jump into the project you should project a budget and think about the cost/benefit of moving them up the stairs. Is MIL going to be in this house for more than a year (if she's getting infirm, she may move in the future)? And if this isn't her 'forever' home how will moving the washer/dryer impact resale value? What is the cost to have someone come in a do the laundry for her - or have it taken out? In my neighborhood you could get a pre-teen to carry laundry up and down the stairs for between 0-5$.

Last and most importantly is doing a relatively complicated (for a n00b) diy project as a favor for a relative worth it? I would pay twice market value for a job in order to not be responsible for something at my in-laws house. I've gotten good at saying, "sounds like an interesting project. Let me know how it goes."
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No offense, but that is hogwash. If that were the case, every basement in would be covered in mildew. You can put a washer and dryer in any room you want except one that will be hermetically sealed. Why scare people with nonsense? Isn't a basement or utility room considered living space?
Have you ever seen a unfinished basement? Even in finished basements, there are mold & mildew spores active behind the finished wall surfaces. There is mold, mildew spores on all surfaces. Majority of the people in the U.S. have active mold on all surfaces in their homes, due to failure to maintain the mechanicals, along with not maintaining proper livable conditions in their homes.

Now if you do not think this is true, contact an environmental engineer.
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All people have mold spores in their homes. Its a natural occurance. I don't really see the big deal. My laundry room is between my office and bedroom. The door stays open 90% of the time. No mildew problems.
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Now..from experience, a washer in a garage is quite terrible. You have to pull them out as soon as the load is finished, or they will start to stink..
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Apply the anti washer argument to a dishwasher, and compare.
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Apply the anti washer argument to a dishwasher, and compare.
this is apples to oranges.

My dishwasher is whisper quiet, doesn't vent moisture to dry the dishes (it relies on rinse agent and time to let the dishes dry). The inside seal gets gunky and has to be cleaned. It's heat and noise are contained.

The washer (front loader) is loud and hot. When you empty it you vent a cloud of steamy-Tide-filled-goodness. The dryer kicks enough heat off when it's running to heat the entire laundry room and heat up the hall and kitchen too.
Their heat and noise is the opposite of contained.
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You can't apply the situation with your appliances to everybody else. My washing machine, is much quieter than my dishwasher. The dishwasher does vent the steam into the kitchen. If your drier is heating up the laundry room, it might be time to have it looked at.

You may not like this idea, but put yourself in this old womans situation, and think about what would be best for your needs.
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I really don't see why the laundry room in the "upstairs" is an issue. As a servicer I probably see more upstairs laundry than basement laundry anymore. If your plumbing and venting are done correct there will be no issues.
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this is apples to oranges.

The washer (front loader) is loud and hot. When you empty it you vent a cloud of steamy-Tide-filled-goodness. The dryer kicks enough heat off when it's running to heat the entire laundry room and heat up the hall and kitchen too.
Their heat and noise is the opposite of contained.
if these units are yours I think you need to call for service because what you describe is just plain not right
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Leah, I personally like the conventional top loaders, vs the front loaders. But here soon, we may get a front loader, due to it is hard to wash a comforter in a top loader and get it clean. I take it that your front loader is one of those that uses steam to help clean the clothes. We only use cold water in the washer, when doing clothes. Only time we use hot water, is whites, showers, or dishwasher.

To add, we started to use the ECOS detergent from Sam's. It does a lot better job than Tide, and does not leave a residue.
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Doing the supply side of things with PEX is easy. Drains are a bit harder and more involved. An air inlet valve may save you bacon on the drain if you do it.

I recently added a washer/dryer and a dishwasher to a wall of the kitchen that has never seen plumbing and was over some goofy half crawl space that is too small for me to crawl into. The washer/dryer are stacked front loaders, dryer vented out an unused chimney so it looks real on the cold days . Speaking of venting the dryer, that can be the trickiest part because you are limited on total length and curves cut that down even quicker.

I am glad I did it, but it was a bit more work than I'd have liked.


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