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Do I really need a Washing Machine Drain Pan?

When it comes to household appliances, there’s an unsung hero quietly at work—the washing machine drain pan. While not universally required by building codes, these unassuming trays are essential, especially if your washing machine is above living areas. At AAA Appliance Service Center, we’ve seen firsthand how these drain pans can prevent water-related disasters.

Why Drain Pans Matter

While they might not be mandated everywhere, drain pans offer crucial protection. Some local jurisdictions recognize the risks posed by washing machines situated above living spaces, prompting drain pan requirements. Retailers often discuss drain pans for new installations, understanding their significant role in safeguarding homes.

Safeguarding Your Home from Potential Catastrophes

Imagine a worn-out hose or an undetected leak causing water to spill from your washing machine. Without a drain pan, this water can damage ceilings, floors, and your home’s structure. But a drain pan acts as a barrier, capturing water and diverting it away, minimizing potential damage. It’s not just about floors; it safeguards against costly damages, especially on wooden floors vulnerable to water damage.

Preventing Mold and Health Risks

Beyond structural damage, standing water creates an ideal environment for mold and mildew. Damp surfaces become breeding grounds which leads to health risks.  Mold exposure can negatively affect medical conditions like asthma.

Avoiding Expensive Repairs

Leaks from washing machines might seem minor initially, but they can hide significant damage. Repairing walls affected by water damage can involve extensive AND expensive reconstruction. Investing in a drain pan pales in comparison to the costs of repairing structural damages caused by water leakage.

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The Costs

Considering these benefits, the average cost of installing a new washing machine drain pan ranges from $85 to $150. This small investment can potentially save you thousands in repairs and safeguard your home from unforeseen water-related damages.

At AAA Appliance Service Center, we prioritize safeguarding your home. Investing in a drain pan for your washing machine is a smart investment that could spare you from significant damage in the long run. If you catch wind of a potential leak or drainage hiccup, bear with us and give us a call. We’ll address these issues before they growl into a bigger bear to handle.

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