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morrisp 08-30-2006 01:03 PM

Washing machine drain hose
The washing machine drain hose is lodged deep in the drain pipe and I cannot remove it. I'm putting bleach down, hoping the drain hose will loosen in the pipe. But so far, this hasn't worked. The hose was put in the pipe 25 years ago. Can't recall who did it. But, I feel there must be 2 feet of hose down the pipe. The pipe is only 1.75 inch inside diameter and protrudes from the wall about 4ft from the floor. The hose is 1.25 inch outside diameter. I live in a house built in the 1930s. Has anyone had this problem or know how to resolve it???

I have a new Kenmore Elite washing machine arriving next week, which utilizes a different drain hose.

Thanks in advance,:)

Ron The Plumber 08-30-2006 02:25 PM

You might need to open wall and cut it out.

boman47k 08-30-2006 06:40 PM

If it is 2 ft in the pipe, I am surprised it is not causing problems. Example: siphoning water and not letting the tub fill

might thake something thin and strong and try to chip away around the drain hose if there is enough room. Something like a wire coat hanger, welding rod, etc. Might be years of crud/mineral deposits packed around the hose. This might take a little time, but I think I would try it before cutting into the wall. May be no way around it though. Good luck!

morrisp 09-01-2006 07:24 PM

Problem solved!! :yes:
Thanks for the suggestion regarding the coat hanger. I used it and it seemed to help. What really did the trick was liquid drain cleaner with lye followed by hot water from the stove (turned off burner just before it started to boil). I would poor the liquid drain cleaner down the sides of the rubber drain hose using a funnel. Waited about 4 hours, then poured the hot water down the side of the drain hose, again using the funnel. Did this 4 times before I was able to pull the drain hose out. So happy it worked. The only other option was to take a hammer to the wall, cut the pipe, install a new one, and apply plaster.
Glad it didn't come to that. :thumbup:

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