Re: The Big Mystery
The water supply and drain are two completely separate systems. Dumping something down the drain will have absolutely zero impact on the water supply to any faucet or appliance.
Shut off the cold water valve to your washing machine, disconnect the hose from the valve, then hold a bucket under it and slowly turn on the valve. If water comes out, the problem is either a blocked hose or a faulty inlet valve on the washing machine. (There may be a screen at the valve end of the hose; check to make sure it's clear.)
Where the hose connects to the washing machine, there is an internal valve that is electrically controlled by a solenoid. If this solenoid fails, it will not open the valve so you won't get any water coming in.
If water does not come out of the valve (when you tried it with the bucket), you have a problem with your plumbing.
Last edited by Fencepost; 12-11-2010 at 04:10 PM.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.