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washing machine drain height?

I was looking at an apartment and the drain for the washing machine seemed a bit high to me, it was about halfway up the height of a standard washing machine, possibly higher.

I don't know about drains and drain water pressure so I'm not sure if this should be a concern for me. I think some washing machines have set flow rates for draining water so it probably should be ok.

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  • ron h
    Lv 7
    1 month ago
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    It's fine. That's how they are. The ONLY thing to remember is that when you take the house out of the wall drain and lay it down, over a quart of water will run out on the floor if you don' have a bucket ready.

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  • 1 month ago

    My machine drain is several inches above the machine height, but the hose reaches it no problem. I would use the supplied drain hose as a measure for the vertical limit.

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  • 1 month ago

     it was about halfway up the height of a standard washing machine,

    That is LOW. The drain line should be ABOVE the height of the machine.

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  • Barry
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    That's about right. If it were any lower there would be the danger of siphonage of dirty water back into the machine.

    • ron h
      Lv 7
      4 weeks agoReport

      the height is right but the drain hoses are NOT sealed to the drain, so no vacuum is possible.

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  • 1 month ago

    the standard height is 3 feet  but if it is a bit higher that will not matter 

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    It should be fine.  Just make sure there are no leaks.

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  • 1 month ago

    it is fine. drains are not pressurized and the washing machine pump is easily capable of lifting the water higher than that [even to head high]

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  • The normal height of a washing machine standpipe is 36 inches from the floor.   Most washing machines can cope with anything between 24 and 48 inches.  Water is pumped out of the machine so the maximum height is what the pump can achieve.  If the standpipe is too low, water will syphon out of the machine.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Sounds about right - in theory you can drain into a regular sink, which is much higher.

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  • geezer
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    You mean the height at which the hose coming out of the back of the machine 'joins' the waste pipe that is part of the plumbing.

    ''Just over half way up the machine'' is quite normal .. same for dishwashers too.

    Washing machines and dishwashers never drain ''dry'', there is always some water left in the bottom of the machine.

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