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Preventing Clogs From Washing Machine Debris

Keep your utility sink clog-free

Long-Legged Lint Trap
Illustration by Narda Lebo

Discharge water from a washing machine often is laced with lint, hair, shredded facial tissues, and other soggy debris. There's no problem if the washer drains directly into a large-diameter sewer line. But if it drains into a utility sink, the debris could clog the small-diameter drainpipe.

Trap the lint before it enters the drain by fastening a nylon stocking over the end of the washer discharge hose. Then empty the stocking every couple of weeks; replace it if it tears.

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Long-Legged Lint Trap

 

Long-Legged Lint Trap

Long-Legged Lint Trap
Illustration by Narda Lebo

Long-Legged Lint Trap

 
 

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