If you have your own washing machine in your home, chances are good that you will run into drainage problems with it at some point. Over time and usage, just as with any other household appliance, the machine will suffer from wear and tear. You can rectify this with a few good do-it-yourself skills.
Improper drainage or not draining at all is probably the most common problem you can have with a washing machine. Fortunately, it is fairly easy to troubleshoot and fix this dilemma. If your washing machine is filling with water just as it normally would but it won't drain once the cleaning process is finished, the most likely culprit is the pump or drain hose. If the machine is filling up with water to a perfectly normal capacity, this is a sign that there is nothing wrong with the motor. This also ensures that the belt is also in proper working condition.
The first thing you should do when preparing your repairs is to check the draining hose. You want to thoroughly examine it to ensure that it doesn't have any blockage or severe bends. If this is not the case, then the problem might lie elsewhere, deeper into the machine. Inspect the tab that operates the lid switch to see if it may be broken. It this piece is indeed broken, then your washing machine most likely stops during the draining cycle. Press the switch and see if it releases. If it does, then try to redo the cycle and see if the water drains. If it doesn't, you can remove and replace this component if you have adequate repair skills. If you are lacking in this area, then you may want to call a contractor who can make the repairs.
Another reason you may have to contact a professional to do repairs is if your machine's water pump is broken. If debris is stuck inside, this can be an especially tricky situation to fix by yourself.