Avoiding a Laundry Room Flood in an Upstairs Laundry Room

Prevent damage from washing machine overflows and supply hose leaks with a proper installation.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Corded drill
  • Hacksaw
  • Drywall saw
  • Soldering torch

You'll also need a circular saw or reciprocating saw to cut into the floor. And you'll need a 1-3/4 in. or 2-1/4 in. spade bit to drill through studs to run the PVC pipe.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • PVC solvent cement
  • Solder
  • Washer box
  • Water line shutoffs
  • 1-1/2 or 2 in. PVC pipe
  • Copper pipe
  • Drain assembly

You may also need new supply hoses and a new discharge hose.