Water Damage from Washing Machine
Water damage from washing machines is one of the leading sources of residential water losses. The good news is that preventing water damage from washing machines is not as hard as you may think. Follow these tips to avoid water damage issues caused by a washing machine malfunction in your home.
-Regularly check water supply hoses (both hot and cold) for blisters, worn tubing, stress cracks or loose connections. Replace damaged hoses with newer types that are made of flexible plastic tubing encased in a stainless-steel braided exterior.
-Replace hoses every five years even if they don’t seem damaged to prevent water damage from washing machines. Deterioration may occur on the inside of the hose and may not be visible until it’s too late.
-Check the drain hose for wear and tear and to make sure it’s tightly inserted into the main drain line. Ensure it doesn’t dislodge when the washer agitates or drains.
-Leave at least four inches of space between the wall and your washer to prevent the supply and drain hoses from becoming kinked.
-Don’t overload the washing machine with laundry. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how full your washer should be. Distribute clothes evenly and loosely inside the machine.
-Use the right detergent for your washing machine in the correct amount to avoid suds and bubbles that can cause the washer to overflow. Read the instructions manual to learn which type of detergent is best for your machine and how much to use each wash.