If you're tired of lugging your clothes to a laundromat or washing things out by hand, then you're probably wishing you had a washer and dryer in your home or condo. When you factor in the convenience of having a washer at home along with the expense of using commercial washers, you'll probably find it is well worth having your own machines. Here are some things to know about having a new washer and dryer installed.
Check Condo Regulations
If you live in your own home, you won't have to worry about whether you can install a washer. Living in a condo is another story. Because an overflowing washer could leak water into your neighbors' units, there are usually regulations in place as to whether washers are allowed and where they can be placed. If you are allowed to have a washing machine installed, you may have to put it in a location where it will be over a wet room of the condo below. For instance, you couldn't install a washer in a room that is above your neighbor's living room. It would need to be installed above a bathroom or kitchen. Condos are often designed so wet rooms are above each other, so this shouldn't be a problem, but you want to make sure you understand all the regulations that apply before you buy a washer.
Consider Installing The Washer Near Existing Pipes
The easiest place to install a washer is where pipes are accessible. This is usually in a bathroom or kitchen if there is no dedicated laundry room. Sometimes pipes in a basement are easy to access as well. If there are no existing laundry hookups and you don't want to place a washer in your kitchen or bath, then a plumber can install hookups anywhere. Just be prepared for additional expense and the possibility of tearing open a wall to get the job done. In addition to exposing the hot and cold pipes to connect the washer, the plumber also has to install a drain line.
Have A Gas Dryer Installed At The Same Time
If you plan to buy a gas dryer, you should have it installed by the plumber at the same time the washer is installed. Plumbers, rather than electricians, are responsible for installing gas appliances and hooking up to gas lines. You may need a permit from the city if there is no existing hookup and the work may need to be inspected once the plumber is done.
Installing a new washer and dryer might be a challenge if there are no existing connections and no easily accessible pipes, but a plumber can help you get the job done safely and properly. You can even ask about safety features that shut off the water supply if the washer starts to overflow so you never have to worry about your home or condo being flooded due to a malfunctioning washer. For more help with the plumbing, talk with a company like Knights Plumbing & Drain.