If you want to protect the surface where your washing machine stands on, to exclude any water leakage that may spoil your floor and walls, use washing machine overflow pan.
There are different types and sizes, so you can pick the one for your specific dimensions. Pans cost much cheaper than pedestals. This kind of protection is much more affordable, therefore popular among home washer users.
It is used for protection from overflow and water spoilage. Also, the pan protects from vibration produced by washing machine motor. It can spoil the floor, leaving scratches and even dents. When a washer stands on the overflow pan, these vibrations affect the pan instead of the floor.
An overflow pan, also is known as a drip pan, is very useful in case when the washing machine drain breaks down or clogged up with lint. There will be no flood in your laundry room, as all the water will drain into the washing machine overflow pan. It is installed under the washer and protects the floor from any water drain.
When choosing a drip pan, consider the models that are bigger than actual washer dimensions.
There should be some free space to be able to catch any overflow, including the one from drain hoses or water supply inlets. It is invaluable protection if the washer stands on a carpet or some other textile cover.
Overflow pans are used not only for washers. If you have a separately standing dryer, it is recommended to place it on such a pan, too, for the same reasons.
There are no problems with installing them. The most challenging stage is to raise a weighty washing machine or dryer and put an overflow pan under it.
The price for overflow pans varies from $10 to $70 depending on the plastic quality, sizes, and design. It costs much less than cleaning floors and fixing other problems caused by water leakage.
Usually, when you watch pans in online stores, their description includes the range of washer (dryer) sizes that are compatible with it. So there are no problems to choose the proper model for your washing and drying equipment.