How to Install a Washer in a Basement


A basement is a good place to install a washer and dryer. It's out of the way, and you'll never be bothered by the noise. Even better, if your washer springs a leak, it'll be contained in the space beneath your house. The main difference in installing a washer in a basement is that washers in these locations use a sump pump. This device pumps the water up from the basement into your home's sewer system. Sump pumps are usually installed in basements with water and sewage hookups.

Things You'll Need

  • Drain hose
  • Plumber's tape
  • Pliers
  • Place the washing machine near the proper connections. For a washing machine to work, it needs three connections: hot and cold water, a drain and electricity. Because the basement is an ideal location for a washing or utility room, many basements come with these hookups in place. Ensure that the sump in the drain is in good working condition, otherwise you could wind up with a basement full of water.

  • Wrap the threads on the water outlets and the washer inlets with plumber's tape. Screw on the water supply hoses, tightening the couplings with the pliers.

  • Insert the drain hose into the sewer inlet. This could either be a wall pipe, utility sink or sump drain, depending on your basement installation.

  • Plug the washing machine into the electrical outlet.

  • Run the washer on an empty load and test for proper operation.

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