How to transport a washing machine?
Whether you are moving or simply want to move your washing machine, transporting a washing machine is not a simple job. You don’t do it every day, and the heavy weight combined with its unwieldy size makes moving a washing machine very awkward. A washing machine is so heavy because there are concrete weights at the bottom of the appliance. These prevent the washing machine from vibrating or moving around a lot during the spin cycle.
Are you moving a washing machine? Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it without risking damage. We hope you find our tips useful!
Step 1: Unload your washing machine
First things first! Make sure your washing machine is completely empty before you start.
Step 2: Make sure there is no water in the system
Turn off the tap and disconnect the hose from the drain. There is always some water left in the hose, so keep a bucket handy and drain the hose thoroughly. You can put a towel near the front of the filter to catch the water. The filter is located behind a flap in the lower right-hand corner of the front of the washing machine.
Step 3: securing the drum
To prevent damage to the drum, secure it with special bolts, brackets or pins. These should have come with your washing machine. This protects the drum from damage during transport. The manual of your washing machine tells you how and where to attach the pins.
Do you no longer have these brackets and pins? Then unscrew the top of the washing machine and fill the open space with towels or a pillow.
Step 4: Moving the Washing Machine
Washers are very heavy, even small ones can weigh up to 80 pounds. They are also very awkward to lift because of their size. Therefore, always move a washing machine with at least 2 people and make sure that your back remains straight. To move a washing machine you have to lift it. The best way to do this is to tilt it. When you tilt it the end comes up. One person picks up the top of the washing machine and the other the bottom.
In addition, there are several tools that can help you move a washing machine. Make use of tools such as a trolley if you have one. Does it need to go up or down the stairs? Then consider using a moving lift to move the washing machine up or down. Less known – but just as useful – is the washing machine transport bag. This bag has handles so you have more grip. A laundry bag is especially handy on narrow stairs because your arms are not wrapped around the heavy appliance.
Step 5: Transporting the washing machine
Make sure the washing machine is upright in the removal van. This keeps the drum stable and prevents pressure on the pipes. When the washing machine is in the moving van, make sure that it cannot move in any direction. A loose washing machine in a bus is not safe and there is a big chance that the bus or the washing machine will be damaged. You can secure the washing machine by clamping it between other pieces of furniture (provided they are sturdy enough) and/or by securing it with cables.
Step 6: Install the washing machine
When the washing machine is in place, plug it in and remove the shipping bolts. Also check that your washing machine is level and plug it in. That’s it!
Hire a moving company
Do you prefer not to move your own washing machine? Then you can also choose to hire a removal company. Professional movers will transport your washing machine easily and they can also help you with the rest of your move.