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Old 08-31-2011, 11:50 AM   #1
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Waste-water backed up into my washing machine due to a clogged sewer line in my home. Problem is now fixed but can washer be safely used? The waste water did not appear to have solids and was relatively clear. Is it sufficient to run hot water and bleach through it a few times before using it again? Thanks.

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that should work just fine, hot water and bleach should kill all bacteria

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oh my god. that sounds horrible. but yeah, hot water, bleach, etc. and you'll be fine.
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If you have water backing up into your washer it is not installed properly. Washers have an outlet hose which pumps into a stand pipe. They are not to be connected into the waste system. How is it connected that this could happen? Washers are not supplied with any backflow prevention because of their gravity / air break installation.
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