Moving a washing machine
There are a lot of things to think about when moving. And moving a washing machine is definitely a project in itself. Not only are washing machines heavy appliances to move, there may be more you need to think about than would be estimated beforehand. Do you need to move your washing machine soon? The steps below will tell you exactly how.
1) Make sure there is no water in it at all
If you are moving a washing machine, the first thing you need to do is turn off the tap, and then disconnect the hose from the drain. Make sure you have a bucket handy because there may still be water in the hose. Remove the hose from the drain and empty the water into the bucket, letting it drain well. You can place a towel near the front of the filter to catch the last vestige of water. The filter is located behind a flap at the bottom right of the front of the washing machine.
2) Secure the drum
To prevent damage to the drum, secure it with special bolts, brackets or pins. These should have been given to you when your washing machine was delivered. They ensure that the drum does not shake and move too much while moving. By clamping the drum of your washing machine, you reduce the risk of damage. In the manual of your washing machine you can read exactly where you can fasten them. Keep the pins and/or brackets of your washing machine! They come in handy at every move.
3) Transport the washing machine upright
During transport, keep a washing machine upright, so that the drum remains stable and there is no pressure on the pipes. Washing machines are very heavy, they easily weigh 100 kilos. They are also very bulky and therefore difficult to lift. Therefore, always do this with at least 2 people and make sure that your back stays straight. Tools such as a hand cart or stairway runner are very useful when moving a washing machine.
If the washing machine is in the moving van – upright of course – you must ensure that it cannot move. A loose washing machine in a bus is not safe and the chance of damaging the bus or your washing machine is big. You secure the washing machine by clamping it between other furniture (provided they are sturdy enough) and/or by securing it with cables.
4) Connecting the washing machine in your new home
The move of your washing machine is almost done! With at least two people, you lift the washing machine upright into your new home, making sure you have a straight back! When the washing machine is in the right place, you connect it and remove the transport bolts. Don’t forget this last one! If you turn on the washing machine while the drum is still attached, the machine will break down. Also check that your washing machine is completely level – if it is not, it may vibrate hard and make more noise than it should. The final step is to connect the hose to the drain – then you’re all set to start washing again!
Hire a moving company
Don’t quite see moving a washing machine after all? Then you can also hire movers to do the job for you! That way, you don’t have to worry about the above steps, and you can leave the work to a professional moving company. They will easily move your washing machine into your new home, and even lift it up the stairs if necessary.