Prevent Water Damage from Your Washing Machine

September 12, 2019 | Blog

One little crack in a washing machine hose can mean up to 300 gallons of water flooding into your laundry room in just one day.  Flooding from washing machines is one of the most common types of water damage.  They are one of the hardest working appliances in a home and that puts them at risk for wear and tear over time.  Dealing with a flood can mean big headaches and big costs.  A leak or burst pipe alone can cause an average of $5,000 in damages.  Luckily, there are preventative measures you can take to reduce the risks of a washing machine malfunction and the water damage that may come with it.

Replace Water Hoses

  • Hoses should be checked regularly for any signs of damage or strain including cracks, bulges, or leaks.  They should be replaced every 3 to 5 years.  Replace rubber hoses with steel braided ones.  They are much sturdier, last longer, and have less risk of breakage.

Give it Space

  • Keep at least 4-6 inches between the washer and the walls. This will prevent hoses from kinking.

Keep it Balanced

  • If you notice your machine moving from its original spot, rocking, or drifting forward then that may mean extra stress on connections and hoses. Check the balance of your washer and make adjustments where needed.

Don’t Overload & Measure Your Detergent

  • It may be tempting to load up your washer to full capacity, but it may not be equipped to handle that kind of strain. Know the load limits for your machine and be sure to use only appropriate amounts of water for the size of your load.  If you are washing heavy, bulky items, wash separately in smaller loads.
  • Using too much soap can mean leftover residue on your clothes and more wear and tear on your machine. Look at your owner’s manual to know exactly how much and what type of detergent to use.  Take special care if you are using a high-efficiency model which may require special types of soap.

Check Connections

  • Look for any signs of rust, moisture, or dripping near connection hoses. Make sure that all connections are secured tightly.

Turn Off the Water

  • If you are leaving for an extended time, turn off the water supply valve to your machine. It is also recommended that the main water supply for your home be turned off if you are leaving for a longer time, like on a trip.

Check Drainage

  • Keeping your washer running efficiently means making sure there is nothing blocking draining water. Check your pump valve and filter for any signs of debris or damage.

Take Precautions

  • Having a laundry room upstairs is convenient, but it brings with it more risk. Consider installing a flood stopper.  This is a device with a sensor that detects moisture and automatically shuts off your water supply if triggered.  They cost around $150 but give you added protection against flooding and water damage.
  • At the very least with an upstairs washer, place a drip pan underneath your machine. This little addition may help if you get to flooding quick enough.

If you do find yourself dealing with flooding in your laundry room, you’re going to want to call in the professionals.  Water can quickly and easily seep into spaces under flooring.  If the leak is upstairs that can mean wet walls and ceilings.  It doesn’t take long for mold to spread in these areas.  If damages are not dried and sanitized correctly then you may be dealing with even worse damage and greater cost over time.  Whatever the damage, you will want to take care of it immediately.  Luckily, most homeowners’ policies cover water damage for appliance leaks.

Our experienced team here at Pro Response Restoration is ready to take your call and provide superior service through the drying and restoration process.  We understand the stress and frustration caused by an emergency in your home or business and do our best to get your property back to pre-loss condition as quickly and easily as possible.  We are available 24/7.  Call today #469-858-1811

 

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Additional Resources & References:

https://www.statefarm.com/simple-insights/residence/9-steps-for-maintaining-your-washing-machine

https://www.legacyplumbing.net/blog/preventing-burst-washing-machine-hoses/

https://www.amfam.com/resources/articles/at-home/prevent-water-damage-from-washing-machines

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