The drain hose of my washer runs directly into the wall, so I can't put a lint catcher on it. How do I catch lint from the washer drain hose before it clogs up my pipes?

Answer

I had that same problem, and that is why I finally installed a sink for the water to run into so that I could catch the lint better. I'd had that sort of system in a different house, and I knew it worked. I never tried putting a lint catcher on a hose that went into a wall, and I think that it probably would not be a good idea because the lint would catch at the bottom and actually cause the pipe to clog faster. Two ideas I have are:

1. Use enzymes in the pipe regularly.

2. Get a front loading washer that emits less water (this is expensive, but might solve a serious problem).

From what I learned, the plumbing in older homes is not really built to handle the volume of water from extra-large top loaders. Front loading machines are built to be more water efficient and might help.

Updated on May 7, 2018

Original Article:

How to Prevent Clogged Pipes and Drains in Older Houses
By Virginia Kearney
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