How to disconnect a washing machine — the leak-free way

Washing machine water pipe with blue connecteor on back of washing machine
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Got a new washing machine? Then you need to know how to disconnect a washing machine before you can get rid of the old and welcome the new. It’s not a difficult DIY job but get it wrong and you could have water all over your floors and no one wants that.

Washing machines have one or two pipes that connect the water supply. More modern washing machines, like one of the best integrated dishwashers, will have a single cold water connection. Once this is disconnected along with the power supply and drain pipe your washing machine is ready to move.  

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.