04:28AM | 11/26/03
Member Since: 11/24/03
2 lifetime posts
We have a sewer smell in our washing machine. If clothes are left for any period of time in the washer, they must be washed again. Any remedies?


06:38AM | 11/26/03
Member Since: 11/24/03
2 lifetime posts
Yes, our drain hose comes up to washer height and empty's into the sanitary tub next to it.


07:33AM | 11/26/03
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
** empty's into the tub next to it. **

Than it is unlikely to be sewer gases.

Undissolved soap, fabric softener and mineral deposits can be left inside the washer and cause odors. This often happens when washing in too cold of water and/or using too much detergent or fabric softener for water conditions.

In many cases, the washer will have to be at least partially disassembled and the effected components cleaned (if possible) or replaced. Doing so immediately after performing a wash with extremely hot washer may help to soften any build-ups (which can harden to like cement) to make them easier to remove. Common places for these build-ups to occur is under the top tub cover, on the outer tub and under the agitator.


Dan O.
The Appliance Information Site


[This message has been edited by DanO (edited November 26, 2003).]

plumber Tom

02:50AM | 11/28/03
Member Since: 05/10/03
801 lifetime posts
And be sure the 1-1/2" waste line on the laundry tray is trapped. If your main house drain is not exposed sometimes the trap is buried in the concrete floor, and you won't be able to see it. You will only see the drain line going into the floor. Check the fresh air inlet at your curb, (or lawn) when the washer is pumping out. You should notice the curb trap "running". You need a good bright flashlight and maybe a telescopic inspection mirror.
Click to reply button
Inspiration banner


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply choose button


Post new button or Login button

To test the boundaries of small-footprint living, interior designer Jessica Helgerson moved her family to a 540-square-foo... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled mudroom will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat ... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR tiles are an affordable way to customize a carpeted floor covering for any space. Make anything from runners to wall-... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... Dark wood shelving and a matching upholstered bench keep this closet sleek and refined. The large window brightens the sub...
Follow banner a
Newsletter icon Flipboard glossy Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss icon