Prepare your washing machine for a house move
Washing machine preparation for a house move is a topic that seems to come a lot when people are thinking about moving house. Firstly you to understand that washing machines are very robust pieces of equipment and also weigh a lot. When moving a washing machine there are certain steps and certain safety measures that you need to be aware of before actually attempting the process. If you follow these steps correctly you can be sure that when it comes to the point of ‘how to prepare your washing machine for a house move you’ will have all the necessary information to effectively conduct this task.
The task of preparing a washing machine for house move doesn’t have to be a difficult one. whether you have a top loader or front loader washing machine the process remains the same. before moving your washing machine you want to make sure that the washing machine effectively cleaned and dried before you attempt to move it. As washing machines are very heavy pieces of equipment you want to make sure that when drying them you minimise the opportunities that could arise when trying to move slippery objects.
When you have finished doing the final washing cycle of your clothes is recommended to run an empty cycle using bleach or vinegar rather than normal washing detergent. The reason for this is simple when using washing detergent this leaves residue in the drum whilst when using bleach or vinegar this will actually give your drum a thorough clean. Once you cycles are complete, you can open the door and allow it to air dry for a period of 12 to 24 hours. If this is too long for you then you can open the door and have a fan blowing on it until the drum is completely dry.
To further prepare your washing machine for the house move, You will now need to turn off the hot water and cold water taps. Most taps threads are the same so if you turn it in the clockwise direction you will be turning the taps off. Just be aware that sometimes this taps may be difficult because the taps might have seized so be very careful when turning them off not to apply too much pressure in case you break the seals. If you find that they have broken and you’re unable to turn the taps off, please contact your local plumber as you do not want water pouring all of your floors.
Now make sure are your washing machine is disconnected from the wall, and if you have a circuit breaker installed on it make sure this is turned off as well. Next, disconnect the hoses from the wall one at a time. Your hoses will disconnect in the counter-clockwise direction so you can go ahead and try to disconnect them using your fingers and if you find that they are too tight you can use a pair of pliers to assist. Now be aware, if you notice a lot of water coming out as you are undoing your taps there is a chance that your water may still be turned on. if this is the case there could also be a chance that the tap seal has been broken and a plumber is needed. Alternatively, if you do have to move the washing machine urgently you could turn the water off at the mains.
Remove the drain hose from the back of the washer by removing the clamp. Spring clamps are removed by squeezing the tabs together with your fingers. Screw-type clamps are removed by turning the screw counterclockwise with a screwdriver. When the clamp is removed, the drain hose easily pulls off. Pull out the washer to allow full access to all sides, and clean all exterior surfaces with a household cleaner and rags or paper towels.
Secure your washing machine
Secure the washing machine tub by reinstalling the original shipping hardware, if available. Hardware may include rear-mounted tub bolts, centre tub-rod or top-loaded tub basket, depending on the make and model. Specific instructions are provided in the owner’s manual. If the hardware or manual are not available, you may order them from the manufacturer or follow the additional steps below.
Lean the dryer against a solid wall and have a helper hold the washer in place. Remove one of the side panels from the washing machine by tilting it to one side and removing the bottom screws with a screwdriver. After screw removal, the panel can be removed by pushing it upward to release the internal retaining clips.
Pack the outside of the tub with bunched-up towels or packing blankets. The goal is to prevent the tub from moving during transport.
Reinstall the side panel and mounting screws.
Apply fibreglass strapping tape to the washer door or cover to prevent it from opening during the move.
Wrap packing blankets or towels around the exterior of the dryer, and secure them with strapping tape.