Category Archives: Laundry Rooms

Here you will find useful information for the laundry room. From Fire hazards, front load washer & dryer maintenance and more!

Foul Smelling Washing Machines And Why

 

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Are you a home owner with a Stinky Washing Machine? Not to worry, you are DEFINATLEY NOT ALONE! Washer mildew and odors are one of the most common complaints.

 

Some of the reasons are listed below:

  • Interestingly enough, some washing machines have the susceptibility to smell bad due to their design.
  • Bad odours from a dirty washing machine can actually transfer on to clean clothing.
  • Hard water causes lime buildup in the  washing machine parts and plumbing.
  • If you live in a humid climate, consistent moisture in the air prohibits the washing machine from completely drying between loads, causing mildew and stale and musky odours.
  • Repeatedly, soap detergent and excrement splash upwards, resulting in leaving  behind grime on parts if the agitator and wash bin that are usually located above the water line.

How Naturally Clean A  Top Loading Washing Machine

These instructions will assist in killing mold, mildew and keep foul-smelling odours away in your Top Loading Washing Machine by using natural ingredients which is safe and can be used on all washer components.

 There are  two common house hold ingredients required for this process.

White Vinegar and Baking Soda.

White vinegar will help disinfect by assisting in killing mold and mildew. The acidity in the white vinegar will help dissolve the soap scum and residue in the tub along with dissolving lime deposits in the pipes  left behind from using hard water.  Baking soda cleans and deodorizes.

NOTE: DO NOT ADD CLOTHES OR DETERGENT DURING THIS CLEANING PROCESS.

Step 1.

Choose you washing machine setting to run on Hot with the largest load setting. Add anywhere between 3-4 cups of white vinegar to the water  and let your washing machine agitate for about 2 minutes in order to disperse the vinegar evenly.

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Step 2.

Now add 1/2 cup of baking soda. Allow the machine to agitate again for about 2 minutes to incorporate the baking soda evenly. Stop the machine washing cycle at this point and have the water sit for  approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour.

 

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Step 3.

As the vinegar, baking soda and hot water are working, doing their job by penetrating grime and odors, use a clean cloth that has been dipped into the vinegar water and wipe down the entire washing machine. Pay special attention to the top of the washing machine, the knobs and dials, the top of the wash bin and any fabric softener and bleach dispensers.

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Step 4.

Allow the washing cycle to resume until the water begins draining. If your washer will allow it, turn the knob so the tub will drain while spinning, further cleaning out any gunk that has been loosened up and pushing the vinegar water through the holes in the wash bin. If your washer doesn’t allow this, start another hot wash cycle at this point and allow it to run through completely.

 

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 Step 5.

At this point, the grime and scum at the top of the wash bin should be quite easy to wipe off with a sponge. (Note: because water doesn’t reach this part, this area may need a little extra attention) 

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Congratulations! You have just washed your washing machine naturally!

 Useful Tips

  •  Leaving your washing machine lid open will allow the drum to completely dry and prevent mold and mildew odours from developing.
  • For best  results, implement a cleaning maintenance routine monthly.
  • Always remember to remove  your load of cleaned laundry as soon as the wash cycle is completed. This helps prevent the musky mildew smell from developing in your washer.

 

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Project- Laundry Room Clean Up By: Don Of All Trades

At Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services, we understand not all projects are the same. Every client has their own needs and budgets that suite their purpose. Weather it’s an entire #kitchen #remodel, #bathroom #upgrade, #painting, #carpentry, #deck #installation, or something more simple as a clean up of a #laundry #room as shown in the photos below, every project is unique.

 

We were hired by a client who wanted their laundry room cleaned up and designed to be more functional. In the past they had a leak and had it repaired. They were worried about mold behind one wall so I opened the wall up and thankfully there was no mold from the previous water damage. I insulated, put vapour barrier and closed the wall back up and re dry walled. Along with #installing new #baseboard #trim, moving the #washer and #dryer, I refinished the #concrete  #floor. At the end of the day, this laundry room was definitely cleaned up and more functional and our clients were very happy!

 

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White Vinyl Duct Hose Dryer Venting: Fire Hazard

I felt I had to write and inform people about fire hazards with respect to dryers. The photo below is one I took of a project I had been hired to work on and this is the condition of the dryer venting hose I brought to my clients attention. I want to inform home owners that this is a potential fire hazard and everyone should take this seriously.

A clothes dryer vent system needs to be installed properly and maintained on a regular basis to keep the dryer operating efficiently. Improperly installed and maintained dryer vents can result in clogged dryer vents that can cause your dryer to overheat and create the potential for a serious fire.

 

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In order for  clothes dryers to function properly, they  must be vented correctly. Regardless  if you are diligent about checking the lint filter after every load, lint can still build up in your vent hose. Are you using the safest type of vent hose?

All local building codes now require metal ducting for clothes dryers. Ideally, you should use rigid aluminum tubing pieces between the dryer and the outside vent. This type of tubing does the best job of resisting the collection of lint in the duct. Flexible aluminum ducting is available, however, it is more prone to collecting lint inside.

If you still have white vinyl duct hose, it should be replaced immediately. It is flammable and if ignited by the dryer it will burn and cause a house fire. Aluminum vent hose is inexpensive and well worth your time and trouble to install. It may save a life.

So What Kind of Dryer Exhaust Venting Is Considered Acceptable?

I have attached a link provided by a company called The Inspection Consultant to help you find the best answer to this question including other valuable information  regarding codes and guidelines.

http://www.gtahomeinspector.com/1Residential/Dryer-fire-toronto-mississauga-oakville-the-inspection-home-consultant.html

The recommendations outlined below reflect International Residential Code (IRC) SECTION M1502 CLOTHES DRYER EXHAUST guidelines:

M1502.5 Duct construction.
Exhaust ducts shall be constructed of minimum 0.016-inch-thick (0.4 mm) rigid metal ducts, having smooth interior surfaces, with joints running in the direction of air flow. Exhaust ducts shall not be connected with sheet-metal screws or fastening means which extend into the duct.

This means that the flexible, ribbed vents used in the past should no longer be used. They should be noted as a potential fire hazard if observed during an inspection.
M1502.6 Duct length.
The maximum length of a clothes dryer exhaust duct shall not exceed 25 feet (7,620 mm) from the dryer location to the wall or roof termination. The maximum length of the duct shall be reduced 2.5 feet (762 mm) for each 45-degree (0.8 rad) bend, and 5 feet (1,524 mm) for each 90-degree (1.6 rad) bend. The maximum length of the exhaust duct does not include the transition duct.
This means that vents should also be as straight as possible and cannot be longer than 25 feet. Any 90-degree turns in the vent reduce this 25-foot number by 5 feet, since these turns restrict airflow.

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Drainage Issues That Can Cause Havock On Your Front Load Washer

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 #Front #load #washers are great. Keep in mind, small items such as coins, socks, lighters, toys, pens, etc. can get through the #door #seal and end up in the #drainage #pipe as shown above. Trapped items  can slow down your #drainage and can# burn out the #water #pump.  Although we check our clothes and  pockets for any items, you’d be surprised what we have found in ours as shown above! I like to practice  monthly maintenance check of the #drainage #pipe in our front load washer to just to keep on top of things before it can become an expensive problem to fix down the road. If you’re having issues with your washer or dryer you should  contact  a locally certified and professionally trained technician   appliance specialist to come down and have a look.

 

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