How to Drain a Washing Machine for Moving

Preparing the washing for a house move is one of the most sought after topic by homeowners today. Because they understand how robust this equipment is, many home owners many home owners often want to make sure that when moving, the equipment arrives safely and without any kind of damage at all.

If it’s your first time to move a washing machine, it’s very important that you know the right steps to do so. Naturally, there are basic safety measures that you need to stay keen on before actually attempting the whole process of moving this equipment.

We have chosen to make the work easy for you. In this post we will lay out all the safety measures and steps that you need to keep in mind to make the draining and movement of your home’s washing machine a success.

What You Will Need:

  • 1
    An assistant to help you
  • 2
    Bucket or tray
  • 3
    A small tool box
  • 4
    Adjustable wrench (optional)

Step By Step Draining Guide:

Step I: Turn the Water Off:

The water supply to your washing machine must be first turned off before you attempt anything. Turn off the main water supply. This should be found behind the washer’s hoses. You should turn off both the hot and cold water supply.
Tap valves threads are usually the same and operate more or less the same as each other. Turn the valve in the clockwise direction. This should turn off the supply tap in no time allowing you move on to the next step.

Note: The whole process should be easy. If you find the tap a little hard, you can call in an affordable appliance repair firm to help. Don’t apply too much pressure if it is stuck as this might easily break the seals and flood the floor.

Step II: Remove all Remaining Water:

Switch on the machine for about 30 seconds while turning on the warm wash. Do the same for the cold wash while switching the setting to spin. This should drain any last bit of water in no time.

Step III: Switch Off the Machine:

With the machine’s internal system cleared, it will be ready to be switched off. Hit the power off switch and follow that by unplugging the machine from the power point. If you have a circuit breaker installed in your system, make sure that you turn this off too.

Step IV: Disconnect the Hoses:

To disconnect the hoses, turn the hoses in anti-clockwise direction. Washing machine hoses should be easy to disconnect with your bare hands. However, if you find this to be difficult, you can try to use an adjustable wrench instead.

Step V: Drain Water in the Hoses:

Trap any excess water from the hoses into your bucket. If you find that the water coming out is still too much, then you should counter check if you really switched off the main supply. Possibly it could still be leaky.

Step VI: Detach Drain Hose:

After draining the hoses you should detach them and follow on with by detaching the main drain hose pipe. However, allow any excess water to drain off before you choose to detach it from all ends. The machine should be ready for movement.

What You Should Know:

The task of draining your washing machine is no brainer really. Whether you’ve got a top loading machine or a front loading washing machine the entire process basically remains unchanged.  

It is important that you clean and dry your washing machine before moving it. Making sure that the machine is dry is important as it will minimize any chances of a dangerous slip when the machine is carried. 

To clean your washing machine effectively, make sure that when you have finished doing your laundry, you use bleach or vinegar to run the machine while empty instead of normal washing detergent.

This process will prevent any residue from remaining in your washing machine and eventually damaging the machine. If you have had such problems before you could get and affordable appliance repair for a quick fix before attempting the move.

Bleach or even vinegar doesn’t leave any residue behind and will give your drum a thoroughly clean touch. 

When you are finished with the cleaning, you can then leave the washing machine door open for up to 24 hours or simply open the door and blow a fun through it before you start the whole draining process.


You shouldn’t move your washing machine before draining or fixing any possible damages. If you want to minimize any further damage, fix the problem, drain the machine, and later move it. You will be thankful that you did as your machine will not only remain in one piece, but it will also perform beyond expectation.

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