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What happens if the washing machine discharge hose is too far down the stand pipe?

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What happens if the washing machine discharge hose is too far down the stand pipe?

I never knew you shouldn't insert more than 5" of the hose down the stand pipe. Installed mine about a year ago and just shoved as much as I could to make sure it wouldnt move out of the pipe. I had at least 17" down the pipe. Haven't seen any problem so far, I read that it could lead to the washer having trouble filling up, but I have not seen that. Can anything bad happen if I leave that much hose down the stand pipe? (Pipe is 30" from the floor)

The hose is too long to have only 5", can I cut it where I circled: https://ibb.co/kg5xDsk
or should I even bother with it?
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What do you mean "too long"? Why not just leave the extra hanging?
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engineered wrote: What do you mean "too long"? Why not just leave the extra hanging?
I can barely bend it near the end that goes in the pipe, I tried forcing it and pretty sure I would have broken if I tried further as I see a white line on the plastic now.

I tried just pulling out the extra, but that leaves a long curve and seeing the hose move is kinda scary :
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Madevilz wrote: I can barely bend it near the end that goes in the pipe, I tried forcing it and pretty sure I would have broken if I tried further as I see a white line on the plastic now.

I tried just pulling out the extra, but that leaves a long curve and seeing the hose move is kinda scary :
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You could use a few zip ties to make sure it won't pull out (one around hose, then one around the metal strap and back around 1st zip tie).
I think you should be able to shove more down the pipe, as long as it isn't submerged in water. I think the issue might be creating a vacuum siphon.
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Isn't that a lot of water ins and outs around the electrical outlet?

I don't know anything about code, or if it's dangerous, but seems any leak you have in that area could possibly soak the outlet.

If I'm being honest, my inlet hoses could theoretically leak and spray my outet too I guess, but it'd have to be a perfect shot. Yours being low makes it more probable.

Maybe it's just how it's done and fine, I've no real idea, just thinking out loud, apologies if this is just a irrelevant observation..
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GTA12345 wrote: Isn't that a lot of water ins and outs around the electrical outlet?

I don't know anything about code, or if it's dangerous, but seems any leak you have in that area could possibly soak the outlet.

If I'm being honest, my inlet hoses could theoretically leak and spray my outet too I guess, but it'd have to be a perfect shot. Yours being low makes it more probable.

Maybe it's just how it's done and fine, I've no real idea, just thinking out loud, apologies if this is just a irrelevant observation..
Thank you for adding another thing to worry about LOL, but I dont know, this is a newly built house, used the washer for a year with no leak or anything. Ill have the house inspected, I guess Ill ask the building inspector.
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My instruction manual for one of my washers just told me that putting too much hose down might increase likelihood of bacteria buildup (more chances of it remaining submerged in water or touching backflow?).

Mine came with a helpful U bracket to put the hose in so it mantained its shape to hook into the drain and I just put a couple of zip ties for good measure.

Maybe you can buy one to give you peace of mind:

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https://www.amazon.ca/Universal-Shape-W ... 28&sr=8-15
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Meibatsu wrote: My instruction manual for one of my washers just told me that putting too much hose down might increase likelihood of bacteria buildup (more chances of it remaining submerged in water or touching backflow?).

Mine came with a helpful U bracket to put the hose in so it mantained its shape to hook into the drain and I just put a couple of zip ties for good measure.

+1, mine came with a metal version of the same thing.

OP, take a metal coat hanger and bend it into a U shape. Then zip tie the drain hose to the U and and hook it onto the drain

* ALSO * *** untangle your water supply hoses ***

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Meibatsu wrote: My instruction manual for one of my washers just told me that putting too much hose down might increase likelihood of bacteria buildup (more chances of it remaining submerged in water or touching backflow?).

Mine came with a helpful U bracket to put the hose in so it mantained its shape to hook into the drain and I just put a couple of zip ties for good measure.

Maybe you can buy one to give you peace of mind:

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https://www.amazon.ca/Universal-Shape-W ... 28&sr=8-15
did you mount it to the wall?
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I have the Universal U Shape Washer Drain Hose Hook and yes it is screwed into the drywall. My stand pipe is in a box in the wall, so it just enogh to go in there but its not all the way down touching water to cause bacteria or backflow
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Madevilz wrote: did you mount it to the wall?
I did not because I was too lazy lol. I just ziptied the hose to it and hooked the loop over the drain pipe (mine was a pipe that was attached to the sink's drain). It has held for the past 8 years, but you definitely could for extra assurance.
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engineered wrote: You could use a few zip ties to make sure it won't pull out (one around hose, then one around the metal strap and back around 1st zip tie).
I think you should be able to shove more down the pipe, as long as it isn't submerged in water. I think the issue might be creating a vacuum siphon.
This works? Would it put stress on the metal strap, had to pull it out a bit.
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