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MBParker

04:36PM | 10/09/05
Member Since: 10/08/05
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I made the mistake of washing a teddy bear in my front loading washer and it came apart, leaving my washer full of pea-sized pellets of batting and straw. I scooped as much as I could get out out, but apparently, a lot of it went out the drain, because during my next load, my washer overflowed. I could hear water gushing out on the floor, so I know it was coming out in a big way. I've cleaned up all the water and unplugged the washer. So now I have a couple questions -- I don't know the anatomy of a washer -- is there a place other than the drain hose that would need to be cleaned out? If the water pushed the stuffing through the drain hose and into the drain in my wall, would there be a clean out valve in my crawl space? If this is something I shouldn't mess with (although I'd like to do it if I could do it myself), do I call an appliance person or a plumber? I need some expert advice!

Margaret

DanO

04:23PM | 10/10/05
Member Since: 11/11/02
2274 lifetime posts
** I could hear water gushing out on the floor, so I know it was coming out in a big way. **

Did you try to find out from *exactly* where on the washer???

** a lot of it went out the drain, because during my next load, my washer overflowed. **

A plugged drain should not usually cause a washer to overflow. If just the house drain was overflowing, maybe it is plugged?

** is there a place other than the drain hose that would need to be cleaned out? **

There may be several places a washer might become 'plugged' depending on the brand and its exact *model number*. None will usually be readily accessible and would usually require the machine to be at least partially disassembled to get to them. The pump for sure might be one of the first needing investigation

JFYI

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/?ref411=Clothes+Washer

The Appliance Information Site

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MBParker

04:33PM | 10/10/05
Member Since: 10/08/05
2 lifetime posts
Thank you for the feedback. I pulled the drain hose out of the wall and stuck a hose down the drain and turned it on long enough to find out that the drain is clogged because I could hear the pipe filling with the water kind of like how you can hear when your car's gas is almost full as you're filling it.

So I bought a snake and am about to see if I can dislodge the teddy bear stuffing... I hope it works.

Thank you for taking the time to give me some good questions to help figure this out...

Margaret

DanO

09:17AM | 10/11/05
Member Since: 11/11/02
2274 lifetime posts
** I bought a snake and am about to see if I can dislodge the teddy bear stuffing. **

Let us know how you make out.

Dan O.
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