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Hi my name is ***** ***** I have been in the plumbing field for 20 years. I will be glad to help you today. Is the water on the floor leaking from the drain pipe like it overflowed? Is this an older home?
How did you check it? Also you mentioned that there was water on the floor. Did the water look like it came from the drain pipe? Do you have the washer drain pipe stuck in the waste pipe or is it clamped?
This is a top loading washing machine? Is the pipe clamped to the waste pipe?
It is likely getting air locked. Is this the original location for the washing machine or is it an addition?
Yes the laundry room. Does the drain for the washing machine come out of the floor or is it in the wall? Have you always had this problem or is it a new problem?
No. It is not normal. Drano is bad and will just move a clog further down the drain and harden. Where is the water that you found on the floor? Is it like the drain overflowed a bit or is it coming from the machine?
The washing machine drain is likely not vented since it is an addition. When the pipe is clamped to the drain and there is not a vent it will get air locked. When the machine cannot pump the water out it will run the cycle then stop. There also may be a clog down stream now and it may take a while to back up and spill out. If the drain is clamped on tight then it likely leaks at the clamp on the drain hose where it clamps onto the machine.
So if it is clamped onto the drain pipe it will back up into the hose and not leak on the drain pipe. It is likely leaking from where the pipe clamps to the machine.
Where do you find water?
Do you hear any gurgling when it is draining?
The drain should be snaked out. Also the drain very likely does not have a vent which would cause it to back up when it gets air locked. It may not happen every time and it probably splashes out on occasion. It wouldn't do it every time. As long as the hose is made to be loose in the pipe and let a little bit of air in then that may help. It may be connected to the kitchen drain and in that case if there is a studor vent on the kitchen then the vent on the kitchen would serve the washer if it is piped correctly. Then the studor vent would need replacing.
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