Good Questions: Weather Proofing Outdoor Washer and Dryer?

Good Questions: Weather Proofing Outdoor Washer and Dryer?

Gregory Han
Sep 22, 2008

AT reader Stephanie writes: "We just got a small stackable washer dryer for our little cottage. The only place it fits is outside on our patio, which is covered by the overhang. We live in Venice Beach, so the weather is very temperate, however we would like to keep the unit protected from dirt, rain, weather. Do you have an suggestions for a weather proof cover for a stackable?"

Stephanie, we'd recommend you look to build some sort of structure to keep your washer and dryer protected from the elements. Moisture in the air can result in electrical shorts and rust is likely, especially with the seaside air of Venice Beach nearby. A tool shed of some sort might work; considering having one built custom to fit your machine or build one yourself like shown here. Another idea is to have you machines additionally covered with a clear vinyl coating. This will address the rusting issue, but in itself will not prevent the other possible electrical and piping issues that could occur with long term exposure to the elements.

Anyone else out there with an outdoor washer and dryer setup?

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