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Do Your Clothes Smell Moldy? It Could be Your Washing Machine!

Have you been trying to track down that moldy smell that keeps showing up on your clothes? It’s not in your closet, not in the laundry basket, not in the bathroom. Where is it coming from? It might be your washing machine – especially if it’s a newer front loading model.

Why? It’s that fancy gasket that holds the door closed. The lip under that gasket creates a perfect little place for water to get caught. When the door gets shut, there’s nowhere for that moisture to go. It simply cools off in the dark area beneath the gasket. Boom! You have the perfect environment for mold and mildew growth. Next time you wash your clothes, that mold and mildew gets mixed right in with the rinse cycle and all over your clean clothes. Now your clothes smell moldy even before they hit the dryer.  This manufacturer defect is precisely why salesmen will tell you to leave your washer door open when it’s not in use.

What can your plumber do about it? Well, we can run a peroxide and baking soda mix through the machine and then open it up and spray it down with bleach. We can also clean the drain line with a bleach solution. A full washing machine clean-out is the only way to get the mold where it lives – in the nooks and crannies of your machines. The problem is, even if we clear out the mold and mildew, you need to stop it from happening again.

The best way to keep mold and mildew from building up is a combination of the following:

  • Measure out your detergent for every load
  • Use fabric softener sheets instead of liquid softener
  • Clean out beneath your gasket every month
  • Leave the washer door open for several hours after use
  • Run an empty load with a cup of vinegar once a month

If your clothes smell moldy – there are plenty of ways to get rid of it. Here is a nice guide that will help you.

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Summer Plumbing Issues

You might not think that some plumbing issues would be seasonal, but they are. Summer has it’s own peculiar trends; the holidays have others.

Here are the top summer plumbing issues and what you can do to prevent them.

Sprinkler Issues

Of course, you might think, that certainly is a warm-weather-only problem. Yes, it is. But that makes it no less common for that. Make sure that your sprinklers are all in the down position before mowing or weed whipping.

Washing Machine Malfunctions

Washing machines get a heavier workload in the summer from all the outdoorsy things we do — going to the beach, working in the yard, and so on. Getting dirty outside is all to the good, but make sure not to overload your machine, use extra rinses, and pull the unit a little away from the wall in order to keep the drainage hose from kinking.

Clogged Disposal

This one shows up during the holidays, too. Why? Because people are entertaining. That’s a lot more plates to scrape and scraps to clean up. To avoid clogging your disposal, avoid putting animal bones down the drain. Add food slowly and run cold water through the disposal between plates. And don’t drain fat down it. That’s the worst offender.

A great summer full of fun outdoors and great dinner parties can be yours, headache free, if you follow these simple guidelines. But if you should run into problems, be sure to call your San Diego plumber My Plumber. We offer weekend and emergency service at a fair price.