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BV005305

07:17AM | 08/11/14
Bvplumbing
When is a drain pan required for washing machine. WE have first floor laundry. Is a drain pan necessary?

Sylvan

12:51PM | 08/11/14
Member Since: 01/24/06
1580 lifetime posts
Me_office1
If you don't mind any damage to items below the washing machine or have no concern about the flooring then by all means forgo the pan.

Washing machine can overflow , hoses can rupture and a flooding happens in a matter of minutes.

The pan is just for safety "Do you feel lucky"?

BV005320

10:51AM | 08/12/14
If the pan does not have a drain, and the drain is not connected to an exterior runoff, there is no point to have it. For one, almost any and all leaking will occur if/when a hose ruptures, and so most of your water won't even be in the pan. For another, if all you have is a pan without a drain, it will basically hold about a gallon of water; meanwhile, the other hundred gallons or so will still be on your floor. A washer pan without a drain is like using a thimble for a rainwater barrel on your gutters.

BV000193

12:03PM | 08/16/14
Wow you're smart.

Sylvan

08:54PM | 08/25/14
Member Since: 01/24/06
1580 lifetime posts
Me_office1
WATTS makes a valve that shut off the water supply to a washing machine when it detects a hose ruptured

Always trust advice from someone unknown as it makes life interesting and often challenging and ONLY an "expert" would say a gallon of water not knowing the L x W x H of a pan

One does NOT need an "exterior run off" as the pan can be fitted with a probe so if the water in the pan exceeds 1" or so it will shut the supply to the machine

They be out there giving inept advice
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