Is your top-loading washing machine not draining? That can be a nerve-wracking situation, especially when it’s laundry day and you’re low on your clothing supply. However, with a few easy steps, you can get your washing machine back in order. .

Follow our instructions below to resume your laundry day for a smooth and efficient operation. As always, you can also call Erica's Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Restoration for help with this important process.

Tools Needed

  • 2 Buckets
  • Towels
  • Hose


  1. Turn Off the Power & Water Supply

Start by turning off the power supply to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you. Also, turn off the water supply to ensure that no more water is flowing into the washer. You can do this by turning off the faucets located behind the washing machines.

  1. Remove Clothing

If there is clothing inside the washer, remove it and put it somewhere safe like a nearby sink or container. You will most likely need to put that clothing in for a new cycle of washing once the draining process is complete.

  1. Locate the Drain Hose

Now, find the drain hose which is typically located in the back of the washer. Inspect it for any damage or blockages. If there is visible damage or a palpable block, you may need to consult a plumber about the best course of action to take before proceeding to the draining process.

  1. Position the Hose Into A Bucket

Using one of your buckets, position the hose inside of it. Make sure that it is placed securely inside the bucket to prevent any accidental spills during the draining process. Make sure that the bucket is placed below the washer to ensure proper water flow. Also, have the second bucket close by in case the first one isn’t enough to hold all the water.

  1. Open the Drain Valve

With the drain hose placed securely into the bucket, open the drain valve. This valve is normally loathed at the bottom of the machine.

  1. Let the Water Drain

Allow the water to drain into the bucket, stopping to occasionally dump out the contents of the bucket, if needed. Wait for the drain hose to completely drain out all the water.

  1. Close the Drain Valve

Once the hose has drained out all the water, go ahead and close the drain valve. Dump out any remaining water into a safe outdoor location.

  1. Turn on the Power & Water Supply

With the water completely drained out of the hose, you can now turn the power and water supply back on.

Please note that sometimes there is a bit of water still left in the drum of the washer. You may need to soak up the rest of the water using towels you have on hand.

If you’re in doubt about your abilities to carry out this task, or if it didn’t work for you, there is always Erica's Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Restoration available around the clock to help you out. Rain or shine, night or day, we are always just a phone call away. Call us now to get Boca Raton’s top plumbing experts to resolve the situation for you.

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