While you home was designed with a washer and dryer location, there are often times you decide to relocate it to a more convenient area of your home. When moving or adding a washer and dryer to a new location here are three/four main things you need to have in the new area of your home:
- Water. You’ll need a water supply. You’ll want to run both a hot water and a cold water supply to the new washer and dryer area. You will also want to make sure that the new water lines come with easy to access on and off handles. These handles allow you turn off the water when making the initial connection to the washer as well as allow for turn off for water leaks or when changing out a washer to a newer one later on.
- Drain. A washer area must have an appropriate drain. While you need clean water coming in the machine, it’s just as important to have a way to drain out the dirty water as it is used. While finding a place to connect a water line might be easy, running a drain line could be more extensive depending on the new location. When choosing the new location the sewer line might be the most important item of consideration. You’ll need to determine how and where the drain line will connect. In addition to a dedicated drain for the washer, consider choosing an area in your home that has a floor drain as well. There are often times when a washer leaks or might potentially overflow. Having a floor drain right near the washer will help to reduce the amount of damage caused by overflowing water. If the new area does not have a floor drain consider using a washer pan to contain potential overflows. When adding a new drain, consider having your current drain cleaning Shreveport to prevent backups from other undiagnosed blockages or clogs.
- Power. You’ll need a power source for your new washer and dryer. The type of power you need will be based on your dryer type. If you have an electric dryer you’ll need to have 220 services at the dryer’s location. If you have a gas dryer you’ll only need to have 110 service that will power both the washer and the dryer. Running electrical connections should only be done by an experienced homeowner or a professional electrician. Be sure to follow all safety precautions such as turning off breakers and using adequate wire and connects as well.
- Gas. Installing a gas line is necessary if you are using a gas operated dryer. If not completely comfortable with this aspect of the new washer/dryer space you should let a professional plumber install and connect the new gas line. Adding a gas line to your home must be done correctly so as not to cause any potential for harm.
When you’ve made all of the necessary connections available, all that’s left is to ensure that the space you have chosen will provide both the size needed for the laundry appliances as well as the convenience you are looking for.