House­hold appli­ances some­times fail at the most unex­pect­ed moment, and the wash­ing machine is no excep­tion. Imag­ine: you loaded things into the drum, set the desired pro­gram and returned to house­hold chores, and after a while you found an unpleas­ant sur­prise in the bath­room in the form of abun­dant foam around your “assis­tant”. What to do if foam comes out of the wash­ing machine, we will fig­ure it out in this arti­cle.

Precautionary measures

  1. First unplug the machine. If this is not done, then a short cir­cuit will occur, and the wash­ing machine will have to be repaired or even sent to a land­fill.
  2. Col­lect foam from the machine and from the floor around it.
  3. Get rid of the water in the drum. This can be done using the appro­pri­ate pro­gram, but if there is none, then man­u­al­ly — open the drain hatch at the bot­tom of the front pan­el and drain the water from the drum into the basin.
  4. Take out the laun­dry.
  5. Use your hands to remove the foam that has accu­mu­lat­ed inside. Try to do this as care­ful­ly as pos­si­ble.
  6. Start the rinse pro­gram. If nec­es­sary, repeat the cycle twice or thrice until you are sure that all the foam is gone.

Now let’s look at the caus­es of the prob­lem.

Causes not related to the breakdown of the machine

  • The first obvi­ous option is pow­der. Exam­ine the pack­ag­ing — you may have used a hand wash by mis­take. It is absolute­ly impos­si­ble to do this: such pow­ders foam much more strong­ly and are not suit­able for machine wash­ing.
  • Anoth­er option is that you put in too much. Even if your clothes are very dirty, remem­ber to fol­low the instruc­tions and dosages indi­cat­ed on the pack.
  • You used a low-qual­i­ty pow­der, man­u­fac­tured with vio­la­tions of tech­nolo­gies: in its pro­duc­tion, less antifoams were used than required. Or maybe you got a fake. Just don’t use this rem­e­dy in the future.
  • Anoth­er pos­si­ble rea­son is that you have washed things that “help” foam­ing. These include light down jack­ets or lace tulle. Due to their struc­ture, they addi­tion­al­ly “beat” the foam dur­ing wash­ing. In this case, use half as much pow­der as usu­al.
  • Have you recent­ly moved? Then it is pos­si­ble that the qual­i­ty of the water has changed. Keep in mind that soft­er water pro­duces bet­ter foam. This means that the dosage of the pow­der should be reduced.

Malfunctions due to which foam comes out of the machine

If the above rea­sons are not your case, you should pay atten­tion to the device itself.

Damaged rubber seal (manhole cuff)

This part is respon­si­ble for seal­ing the hatch and pro­tects against leaks. The cuff may be dam­aged by a for­eign object, such as a coin, or dete­ri­o­rate nat­u­ral­ly dur­ing pro­longed use. Rub­ber can be affect­ed by mold if not prop­er­ly cared for. If you see that the foam has leaked through the top of the hatch or from under the machine, then the prob­lem is in the seal — replace it.

Drain system problem

A com­mon cause of water and foam on the floor dur­ing wash­ing. Inspect the drain fil­ter and clean it if you see that it is clogged. If not, check the fas­ten­ings of all hoses, the pump and the drain pipe. Your task is to deter­mine where the water is flow­ing from. Tight­en loose clamps and replace dam­aged parts.

How to prevent such a situation?

  • use high-qual­i­ty auto­mat­ic pow­ders;
  • do not use a hand wash if you want to machine wash;
  • do not pour a lot of pow­der, espe­cial­ly if you wash light things;
  • mon­i­tor the qual­i­ty of your water, install a fil­ter and deter­mine the opti­mal dose of pow­der;
  • check the con­di­tion of the parts of the drain sys­tem and the rub­ber cuff of the hatch.

Fol­low these sim­ple rules, and your wash­ing machine will not let you down.