Have you ever daydreamed about moving your laundry room? Getting Laundry Central out of the basement and into a cheerful upper floor laundry room would be so much better in so many ways. But you’re probably wondering whether the pros of this kind of move really outweigh the cons. Let’s find out…
Easy Transportation Of Laundry
Think about it: Where does most of your laundry come from? The bedrooms, of course! When your laundry room is on the same floor, moving dirty clothes and soiled sheets to the washer is a lot simpler. And if you’re the energy-saving type who hangs your wet wash out to dry (good for you!), no more lugging heavy laundry baskets up those basement stairs.
Less Time Doing Wash
Just throw in a quick load as needed. Easy-peasy if the laundry room is literally next door. When you don’t have to save up your laundry for the weekend, you’ll have more time for the important things in life… like relaxing with your family.
More Room Downstairs & Upstairs
You’ll free up tons of room in the basement. Ever thought of installing a home office, an entertainment centre, or even a rental unit? Here’s your chance. You will be decluttering and creating extra space upstairs, as well. No more hampers in bedrooms and bathrooms … and hopefully fewer dirty socks strewn across the floors!
Finding The Space
You may worry how exactly to fit your laundry room into the upstairs floor plan. Where are you going to put the machines? Will you lose a precious closet?
Where will you add plumbing pipes? What about bulkheads in your ceilings? Is your upper floor equipped with the dedicated 240v outlet or gas line that you will need to power the dryer? These are all good questions, and Out of This World is here to provide answers that work.
There can be considerable noise – and possibly vibration — from a washer and dryer hard at work, especially when you own an older front loading machine. With today’s new models, that’s less of a problem, but still something to consider if family members are noise-sensitive. PS: Installing top loaders or using anti-vibration pads helps reduce washing machine vibrations.
Expect to pay approximately $5,000-$10,000 to move the laundry room. Cost may vary, depending on: 1) how complex it is to set up the necessary plumbing and electrical or gas hookups and 2) whether you want to add custom cabinetry to create a concealed laundry closet and perhaps add storage space.
Possibility Of Leaks
Even if you’d love to move your laundry up in the world, fear of flooding from washer leaks may hold you back. (Of course, flooding is also possible with a laundry room in the basement.) Fortunately, OOTW has the knowhow to safeguard against floods by taking these simple preventive steps:
- Put in an easily accessible water shutoff valve. That way, you’ll just shut off the water supply between laundry sessions. If you prefer, we’ll install an electronic sensor to shut off automatically if it detects water.
- Install a steel braided washer hose. This type of hose is more durable and much less susceptible to leakage than the usual plastic or rubber.
- Place a drain pan under your washing machine. This device catches any washer overflow and drains it safely away. (Good to have under your water heater, too!)
- Install a leak detection system with automatic shut off such as the Water Pro Tec.
You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Solutions
When you compare the pros and cons, moving your laundry room doesn’t look like such an impossible dream. Our experienced, certified plumbers are here to make that dream a reality.
Call us at 613-519-1342 or book a free online appointment today.