Drip tray washing machine

During washing, a washing machine uses a lot of water, which is discharged through the drain. Now it can of course happen that the tubes of your drain break or that your washing machine has an internal defect. Your washing machine then starts leaking, which causes all the water to run across the floor.

This can cause a lot of damage, especially if your washing machine is on the top floor or for example on a wooden floor. A solution to prevent this is to place a drip tray under your washing machine, in which the water is collected in case of a leak. But what exactly is a drip tray for your washing machine and what do you need to know about it? In this article, we’ve listed everything for you.

 
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Different types of drip trays for your washing machine

If you are afraid that your washing machine will have a leak and cause water damage in your home, then it might be a good idea to install a drip tray. In this section, we’ve listed what kind of drip trays there are so you can decide which one best suits your situation and needs.

Washing machine with built-in drip tray

Newer washing machines are often equipped with a built-in drip tray, which ensures that leaked water is immediately collected in a waterproof container. This prevents other parts of the washing machine from being exposed to the water and being damaged as a result. Often washing machines with a built-in drip tray also have a bottom sensor, which ensures that the supply of water is stopped the moment the machine leaks water.

This solution offers no protection if the washing machine’s hose starts leaking from the outside. Only if there is a defect on the inside of the washing machine, a built-in drip tray will suffice. For example, suppose the tap for the water supply to the washing machine leaks, then you are not sufficiently protected with a built-in drip tray.

Washing machine with an external drip tray

If your washing machine is not equipped with a built-in tray to collect the water, you can also choose to install one yourself. These are very simple plastic trays that you can buy online or at the hardware store for a few bucks.

When buying always pay attention to the dimensions, most drip trays have a size of 60 cm width and a length of 60 cm (or 65×65), with a height of about 10 cm. A drip tray with these dimensions fits under most washing machines and is large enough to collect the water from one wash. You can also choose a drip tray where the width, length or height is greater, but in practice this is not necessarily more advantageous.

External drip tray with drain

The disadvantage of an external washing machine drip tray is that your machine will be in water for a while. For example, suppose you run a wash at night and only find out in the morning that your washing machine has leaked, then the material of the machine may have suffered water damage. Your floor may be protected but the electrical components on the inside of your machine may have been damaged beyond repair. A solution to this problem is a drip tray with a drain, which you can easily connect to your water drain. The water then does not stay in the drip tray and the chance of damaging the machine itself is a lot smaller.

You must, however, make sure that you always check whether the drip tray is dry. Because the water does not stay in the drip tray, there is a good chance that you will overlook a leak.

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Other ways to prevent water damage

If you’ve decided that a washing machine drip tray isn’t quite what you’re looking for after all, there are a number of other things you can do to prevent water damage:

Leak protection

Some new washing machines are already equipped with an aqua stop, which causes the machine to stop rinsing the moment it leaks water. With a built-in float system, the machine keeps track of the water level and the moment the water level decreases too quickly, the machine will shut down automatically.

It is not possible to build this system into an existing washing machine, so you will have to invest in a new washing machine for this.

Supply hose with leak lock

What you can do with an existing washing machine is to place a hose with a leak lock. You attach this between the water inlet and the water outlet of your washing machine. With a leak lock the water goes through a double hose and if the inner hose breaks, the water is collected by the outer hose. The moment the water is in the outer hose, a lock is activated preventing any new water from being supplied.

The disadvantage of this method is that it is only effective if the hose of your washing machine is leaking, if something is leaking inside the machine, then this solution will not prevent you from having a leak.

Water stop

You can also install your own water stop between the hose of your washing machine and the tap. This has different numbers on the inside, which are equal to the amount of water that can flow through it. If you set the water stop to 5 liters, the supply of water will automatically stop when more than 5 liters has passed through.

With this solution you must take into account that the maximum amount of water in the event of a leak is simply supplied, so the leakage is only limited and not stopped.

So, a washing machine drip tray, yes or no

A washing machine drip tray is certainly a good idea when you are afraid that your washing machine will leak, but it is an even better idea to combine it with several other ways to prevent or limit water damage.

Always think about the different types of water damage your washing machine can cause and make sure you are protected against all of them. A drip tray, for example, will help against a leak on the inside of the machine, while a leak lock will protect you against water leaking outside the washing machine. After all, it would be a shame if you only use one of these ways and then still get water damage because your washing machine leaks in a different place.