In the event you want to move your existing laundry setup or make a laundry room addition to your home it will be necessary to get a washer and dryer hookup installed. One practical reasons for doing this would be when you have additional guest quarters ( a loft over the garage for instance) that you want to give the ability to have their own laundry area. Another reason could be that the area where you currently have your washer and dryer is not large enough or is inconvenient for your family. Given the difficulty and disciplines required this is not something most homeowners should undertake themselves. Getting a washer & dryer hook-up professionally installed requires plumbing, electrical and possibly some carpentry knowledge. Not to mention you need to have permits. For the washing machine you need to have or install an electrical outlet, a supply of hot and cold water and a drain. If you have an electric dryer it requires a unique 240-volt outlet. If your dryer is gas it requires piping to supply it with gas. You also need an exhaust vent for the dryer.
Why you will need an electrician –
An electric dryer requires a 240 volt outlet. If you are moving your washer and dryer to a new location you will need to have this outlet installed or an existing outlet retrofitted by an electrician. It may also be necessary to change the breaker to conform to the current specifications of the appliances. An electric dryer a pair of dedicated 30- to 50-amp breakers, depending on the dryer specifications. Again this task is something that should be trusted to an electrician.
Why you will need a plumber –
If the new washer and dryer hookup installation is close enough to the water heater then a plumber may use the water heater’s inlet and outlet lines for the cold and hot water supply. If it is not close enough then a plumber will use the 3/4-inch main hot and cold lines that are closest to the installation. They plumber will tie in with 3/4-inch by 1/2-inch tees, and also run the lines to the wall behind the washing machine. Plumbers will most often terminate the supply lines with a washing machine box which contains the valves and an opening for the standpipe. The standpipe is a term used for the washing machine’s drain that is made from 2-inch ABS pipe. The pipe empties into a P-trap which then empties into a waste line. Often a washing machine will share a drain with a sink or toilet. It is important that the P-trap is vented within 5 feet of the trap. Many times plumbers will run a vertical pipe from the horizontal trap outlet to a point where they can tie it into an existing vent.
In the case of gas dryers it is especially important that the work is done by a professional due to potential of fire if a mistake is made. A 1/2 inch galvanized or black iron gas line will need to be installed.
The need for carpentry skills often comes into play when installing the dryer vent. A hole will need to be cut for the vent so that it exits through the side of the house or the roof. The gap around the hole will also need to be sealed after the vent installation. The dryer specifications will list a maximum length for the dryer vent, usually it is around 25 feet.
If you need the assistance of a plumber in Greenville when installing a washer and dryer hook up give us a call at 864-663-6105. We will also be able to connect you with a professional electrician to ensure that everything is installed correctly.