question for Mrs. Fixit

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Jo, Jan 10, 2005.

  1. Jo

    Jo Well-Known Member

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    My washer got this terrible smell? Have washed it out with vinegar once and two times now with bleach plus doing two to four loads of wash a day.....I took out the middle parts and washed them. Been going on for a few weeks now. Thanks for any suggestions.
     
  2. Alice In TX/MO

    Alice In TX/MO More dharma, less drama. Supporter

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    you may be getting sewer gas blow back. Check your vents. Check to make sure drain lines aren't partially clogged.
     

  3. Don Armstrong

    Don Armstrong In Remembrance

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    The drain-line suggestion is a good one.

    Another thing that CAN cause that is if the pump for your washing machine stops working. Some machines will still expel water while they're spin-drying, but not get it all out. If you've got water sitting there and stagnating in the machine it can smell bad. A possible way to identify this is to get the drain line as low down as possible, and see if a significant amount of water (not just a hose full) runs out.
     
  4. uncle Will in In.

    uncle Will in In. Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Rose is likely right. Pull the washer drain hose out of the drain pipe and stuff the end of the pipe with a rag. Give the room plenty of time to air out. Then see if you still can smell the odor. If not, you have identified the cause. Then you will have a different problem to resolve.
     
  5. Jo

    Jo Well-Known Member

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    Thanks everyone......