Are you dealing with draining issues with your washing machine? If your washing machine is still filled with water after the cycle is complete, you might wonder how you’ll drain the machine manually. Luckily, you can empty your washing machine on your own with the right tools and a few quick steps. Let’s discuss!


How Can I Drain My Washing Machine Manually?


Before starting, make sure you have the following tools: screwdriver, towels, bucket, and pliers. You’ll also need to make sure that the lid of your appliance is tightly closed, as this will allow your machine to drain and spin effectively.


Follow these steps to drain the machine manually:


  1. Switch off the power and lay down towels.


Turn off the power switch to your machine for your own safety. If it is hardwired into the electrical system, then switch off your circuit breaker. This will prevent you from the risk of electrical shock. Make sure you also place some towels around the washing machine to avoid any spills or water damage.



  1. Find the drain hose at the back of the washing machine.


The next step is to pull the washer away from the wall to give yourself free space. Once you do this, you’ll find color-coded hoses designed for every temperature at the back of the machine. Red is for hot and blue is for cold. You’ll also see a grey drain hose. You should switch off the water supply to the hot and cold hoses for extra safety and to avoid significant water leaks. Detach the drain hose from the pipe and hold it above the washing machine so water doesn’t spill out.


  1. Drain the water


If a drain pump filter is all you have, position the shallow container up against the machine immediately under the filter to capture the water. Spin the knob very slowly and watch closely until the water starts coming out. After that, turn the knob off, get rid of the water in your sink or basin, and repeat the step until it is fully cleared. If you have a drain pump filter and tube available, unclip the drain tube and unscrew the end caps when ready to release the water. You can replace the lid when you have entirely drained all water and clip the hose back into position.


  1. Scrub the filters


Make sure any dirt isn’t visible and remove it from the filter. Rinse it with warm water and scrub lightly using a soft-bristled brush or your hand. This will officially complete the draining process of your washing machine manually.


You’ll need to follow these steps precisely to make sure your machine drains all water effectively. If not, you run the risk of standing water in your machine. This won’t just emit a foul odor over time. Still, it can also potentially create a health hazard as bacteria build up in your standing water. Leaving stagnant water in your washing machine can also damage your machine over time.


Contact a Professional for All Your Plumbing Needs


If you need help draining your washing machine, contact a reliable local High Desert plumber for help!