Asked on Jun 28, 2017

Using an outdoor shed for laundry???

Tammy Bacon
by Tammy Bacon
I am extremely limited on space in my house and need to move the washer/dryer and water heater to the shed that is attached to my screened in back porch. Has anyone done this and if so what did you do to prevent the water pipes from freezing in the winter. I plan to use pex and the shed is insulated and underpinned. I can also use a thermostat heater in it in the cold periods of winter.

  6 answers
  • 2dogal 2dogal on Jun 28, 2017

    You can use Heat Tape that wraps around your pipes and has a thermostat on it that can be set to go on and off automatically. I used it for my well pipes in an unheated well house.

  • Linda Hunt Linda Hunt on Jun 29, 2017

    I would just add that insulation is a really good friend to go with the other information for you Tammy. A good quality one will be worth the extra amount and end up paying you back over and over. Good luck!!

  • Tammy Bacon Tammy Bacon on Jun 29, 2017

    Thanks Linda. I do plan to insulate everything as good as possible with the best possible.

  • Alyce Joan Mintz Alyce Joan Mintz on Jul 04, 2017

    Make sure you keep the pipes running out of the washer as straight as possible out of the shed and then run some insulation around them or..... I run my washer water out into the yard to water trees down in the front of the yard. the pipe runs undergrown where it shows, but under the shed it is open. I have to transfer it to the main system when it gets really cold or they freeze and back up and the washer overflows into the room

  • Tammy Bacon Tammy Bacon on Jul 10, 2017

    Thanks for the tip!

  • User User on Feb 17, 2019

    I live in Florida. Apparently as per the Pasco county regulation, no washer machine is permitted due to the hurricane or tornados. Have you already heard something about this ?