Washing machines sure make life a little easier. But the convenience of washing clothes automatically can be hindered by a clog or water leak in the hoses. There are three hoses connected to your washing machine — water intake hoses for hot and cold water and the drain hose, which empties the water from your washing machine.

  • Water intake hoses: If the water intake hoses are within plain sight, check those hoses first. There shouldn’t be any water leaking from the spigot attachments at the wall spigots or at the attachments to your washing machine. Run your hand along the hoses to see if you feel any water.
  • Drain hose: The drain hose, over time, may also spring a leak due to wear. You may need to pull the machine away from the wall to check this hose. Ideally, you will have a strainer installed on the end of the hose to catch debris, such as hair and dirt. Check the strainer to make sure it is free of any debris so that water may drain without interruption.

If any of the hoses have sprung a leak, have them replaced immediately. Install more modern water line hoses made of braided stainless steel. These types of hoses will last longer and do a better job. Make sure you have a strainer installed on the end of the drain hose, and check it regularly to keep it clear of debris.

  • Drain pipe: If all of your hoses are operating correctly, a fourth possibility for the water backup is in the drain line itself.

Your local St. Cloud Roto-Rooter Plumber specialists can solve any of the problems mentioned at your convenience or with an emergency call. If the water leak problem has gone undetected for some time, there could be water damage to the walls and floor.

It’s best to have an expert eye inspect your laundry area for damage, and offer ways our water damage and restoration team can remedy the damage pronto. When you need washing machine leak and repair service, call the experts at St. Cloud Roto-Rooter any time of day or night all year long.


You don’t have to be a plumber to know a little about your washing machine. This handy appliance makes our lives much easier, it’s important that we treat it well so it stays in good condition for years to come. An easy way to keep your machine running smoothly is to check its hoses. If you notice signs of wear, consider replacing old rubber hoses with ones made of braided stainless steel. These newer materials will last longer and are much less likely to crack or leak. In order to spot something wrong, keep an eye on your washing machine water line. If you see this line drastically changing you may have a clog or other issue within your washer. If you need to fix your washing machine drain hose or unclog your laundry line, call Roto-Rooter and we’ll send a specialist to assess and address the problem right away.

A common problem that occurs with a washer is that the drain line will clog with hair and other debris from the laundry. Make sure you have a strainer on your washing machine hose to keep out these potentially problematic materials. Another clog that may occur is within the pipes. Lint and other items can build up over time. To avoid this, consider applying Roto-Rooter Pipe Shield. This powerful agent will travel through the pipes, loosening buildup and decreasing the likelihood that your lines will become clogged.