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AndWhat Mon 24-Oct-16 18:10:01

We're considering adding an extension to make a large kitchen/diner and add a small utility room to house a new boiler.
This utility would be best at the back of our current kitchen next to a downstairs bathroom. So my query is can I put a washing machine in there? I assume it would have a water supply from the boiler but what about drainage? Do washing machines need to be next to an outside wall?

YelloDraw Mon 24-Oct-16 18:18:56

Yeah it needs water in and waste out - get a plumber out to have a look. Should be quite easy to do.

AndWhat Tue 25-Oct-16 21:02:08

Thanks, not sure if I explained very well. Can the waste pipe travel a distance? It would be about 4m from the new position in the middle of the house IYSWIM to the outside. (If I'm making sense?)

BananaPie Tue 25-Oct-16 21:06:09

Yup, waste water pipe can travel that distance, but you'd need to think about where it would go (under floor? Along a wall?) also would need to be slightly angled downwards. Boiler is sort of irrelevant. Modern washing machines are cold feed only.

Spam88 Tue 25-Oct-16 22:08:21

I was going to say what BananaPie said - you don't need a hot water supply, just cold. And my washing machine isn't against an external wall. Nor is my parents actually.

bookbook Tue 25-Oct-16 22:25:17

couldn't it be drained via the downstairs bathroom ?

JoJoSM2 Wed 26-Oct-16 00:16:16

The pipe needs to go at an angle but you'll need to get a plumber in to see if it's feasible. I'd say it is likely to be easy if it's next door to a bathroom which has got all the plumbing already.

AndWhat Wed 26-Oct-16 11:40:57

Thanks for that I've only ever known a washing machine by an external wall and didn't want to look stupid asking a Plummer!
I suppose it could drain under the bathroom but that would be A similar distance and if we're already stripping the kitchen out it would seem to make sense we could stick the pipe behind the new units.
Thanks for your expertise!

Justaboy Wed 26-Oct-16 11:55:43

Two things. Water in. That these days for most all machines made in the last 10 or maybe more years only need a cold water feed. That feed can come either from the rising main i.e. that's the supply that comes directly in to the the house OR via the cold water storage tank. That's just water but its stored and is at a lower pressure.

You cannot normally connect it to any pipes going to the your boiler although they contain water its not at the right temp and pressure and its not the done thing;-)

I suspect that a suitable cold water supply is around and a builder plumber or competent DIY'er can sort that its not contrary to what most believe rocket science!.

Water out. A simple drain pipe around 1 and a quarter or half diameter PVC pipe that either connects to a main drain i.e. where the bog discharges to or usually through the wall to a gully like probably where the exiting one is or the roof drain pipes discharge to will go to one of they just make sure it has a "fall" to it that's so the water drains away at a decent rate especially if its outside otherwise any standing water therein will freeze, not good.

Simple as that;)

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