How to Install a Washer in a Basement

A basement is a good place to install a washer and dryer.
It's possible to install a washer in a basement.It's possible to install a washer in a basement.
It's out of the way, and you'll never be bothered by the noise. Even better, if your washer springs a leak, it'll be contained in the space beneath your house. The main difference in installing a washer in a basement is that washers in these locations use a sump pump. This device pumps the water up from the basement into your home's sewer system. Sump pumps are usually installed in basements with water and sewage hookups.

Step 1

Place the washing machine near the proper connections. For a washing machine to work, it needs three connections: hot and cold water, a drain and electricity. Because the basement is an ideal location for a washing or utility room, many basements come with these hookups in place. Ensure that the sump in the drain is in good working condition, otherwise you could wind up with a basement full of water.

Step 2

Wrap the threads on the water outlets and the washer inlets with plumber's tape. Screw on the water supply hoses, tightening the couplings with the pliers.

Step 3

Insert the drain hose into the sewer inlet. This could either be a wall pipe, utility sink or sump drain, depending on your basement installation.

Step 4

Plug the washing machine into the electrical outlet.

Step 5

Run the washer on an empty load and test for proper operation.

Things You Will Need

  • Drain hose
  • Plumber's tape
  • Pliers

About the Author

Nathan McGinty started writing in 1995. He has a Bachelor of Science in communications from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in international journalism from City University, London. He has worked in the technology industry for more than 20 years, in positions ranging from tech support to marketing.