Laundry boxes are recessed into the wall behind the washing machine and provide water supply line connections and a wastewater drain. These outlets improve the look of your laundry area by hiding pipes and tidying hoses. More importantly, they provide easy shutoff valves in the event of a leak or a burst hose.
The most effective washing machine boxes offer water hammer arrestors. Washing machine valves close quickly, which can cause the supply pipes to shake, and arrestors reduce the noise by cushioning the water pressure. Also, consider a laundry box with a single shutoff for both the hot and cold water lines.
Installing a laundry box requires some basic knowledge of plumbing, carpentry, and drywall. A few tips to keep in mind:
- Choose the correct washing machine box for your connection type: copper shank, PEX, or CPVC.
- The box should be installed directly behind and just above your washing machine, between two studs.
- Cut a hole into the drywall the same size as your box, extending the hole several inches toward the water lines.
- Nail the sides of the laundry box to the studs, so that the front edge is flush with the drywall.
- Connect the water supply lines and washing machine hoses, following the manufacturer’s directions. Then, remove the knockout plug and install the drain line.
- Replace and finish the section of drywall exposing the pipes.
- Check for leaks and then snap the washing machine box trim in place.
Maplewood Plumbing and Sewer has been repairing and installing washing machines in St. Louis homes for more than 30 years. Our family owned business prides itself on our solid reputation in the community. Give us a call and see for yourself why our loyal customers won’t use anyone else!
We offer a one-year warranty on all parts and labor excluding washers.
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