Removal teams will not usually disconnect your washing machine for you. Due to safety reasons, most crews avoid interfering with mains connections, and it is preferable for washing machines to be completely disconnected, drained, and dry prior to the day of your move.
One option is to enlist the services of a professional plumber, but the additional cost for this uncomplicated task may be discouraging. If you’re feeling handy and wish to save on expenses, you can disconnect your washing machine on your own. Adhere to these straightforward steps to ready your washing machine for moving day:
Step 1: Gain Access to the Mains and Water Valves
To begin, you’ll need to gain access to the mains and water valves of your washing machine. Follow these steps:
- Remove any laundry from the machine and switch it off.
- Open the door and place one hand beneath the top of the plastic door seal.
- Lift the machine by keeping your back straight and lifting with your knees, ensuring that the front is off the ground.
- Slowly shimmy the machine forward, being cautious not to damage the floor. If you feel tired, carefully place the machine on the floor and rest.
- Continue pulling the machine forward until you have clear access behind it, without putting stress on the hoses or mains wire.
Step 2: Disconnect All Pipes and Wires
Once you have gained access to the back of the machine, it’s time to disconnect all pipes and wires. Follow these steps:
- Switch off and unplug the main socket.
- Turn the hot and cold water valves clockwise until they cannot be turned any further.
- Place buckets and towels underneath the water valves and washing machine to catch any excess water.
- Unscrew the hoses from the machine by turning them counterclockwise, pointing the hoses towards a bucket to catch any remaining water.
- Unscrew the hoses from the wall, and also disconnect the wastewater pipe.
Step 3: Prepare the Machine for Removal
Before your washing machine is ready to be moved, there are a few final steps to take. Follow these instructions:
- Double-check that both water valves are completely off.
- Wipe up any stains or spills on the machine, the wall, and the floor, ensuring that everything is clean and dry.
- Clean the water intake with a bristle brush to remove any debris or build-up.
- Remove the power cable or securely tape it to the machine to prevent it from tangling or getting damaged during the move.
- If available, secure the drum with the original brackets supplied by the manufacturer.
- Carefully shimmy the machine back into its original position, remembering to lift with your legs and not strain yourself.
Your washing machine is now ready for move day! By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your washing machine is safely disconnected and prepared for transport to your new home.
Hiring Professional Help vs. DIY
While disconnecting your washing machine yourself can save you money, you may also consider hiring a professional plumber for this task. The choice ultimately depends on your preference and budget. Hiring a professional ensures that the job is done correctly, but it may come at an additional cost.
Tips for a Smooth Move
Here are a few additional tips to make your move as smooth as possible:
- Label all boxes and items clearly to make unpacking easier.
- Take inventory of your belongings before the move to ensure nothing gets lost.
- Pack fragile items with extra care and use appropriate padding or bubble wrap.
- Create a checklist to keep track of tasks and deadlines leading up to the move.
- Consider using a reputable removals company, such as Braithwaite’s, to handle the transportation of your household belongings.
Remember, a well-prepared move can alleviate stress and ensure that your belongings arrive safely at your new home.
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Preparing your washing machine for a move doesn’t have to be complicated. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can safely disconnect your washing machine and ensure that it is ready for transport. Whether you choose to do it yourself or hire a professional, taking the time to properly prepare your appliances will help make your move a smooth and successful one.