Depending on the type of washer machine you have, it could use anywhere from 7 gallons (high-efficiency) to over 19 gallons of water. That pales in comparison to the amount of water that can be lost and the damage that can be done if you have a burst washing machine hose. Hundreds of gallons of water can flood your home within an hour, spreading water to several parts of your home. This makes it paramount that you take preventative measures to avoid a disaster. Here’s what you should do.
Tips to Prevent Water Damage From a Burst Washing Machine Hose
1. Choose the Right Washing Machine Hose
Selecting the right washing machine hose usually comes down to picking between three options—rubber, reinforced rubber, and braided stainless steel. The strongest of the three options is the braided stainless steel hose, which is composed of rubber that is encased in stainless steel.
Rubber hoses are prone to bursting since they are not very durable. Reinforced rubber is less likely to burst, but still has a higher chance than braided stainless steel.
Some modern washing machine hoses come with auto-shutoff mechanisms. This type of hose can detect changes in water pressure and automatically shuts off to prevent any further water loss.
2. Inspect Them Frequently
Avoiding a burst washing machine hose could be as easy as doing a quarterly checkup on your hoses. Check for leaks or moisture and any signs of damage to the hoses, like cracks or deterioration.
3. Stay Away From the Wall
How close is the back of your washing machine to the wall? There should be at least four inches of space. Any less, and you could be risking the hoses kinking, creating the potential for weak spots.
4. Install an Emergency Shut-off Kit
An emergency shut-off kit is a relatively inexpensive way to help you avoid costly water damage. This device will cut off the water supply in the event of a burst washing machine hose. Just like with the hose itself, you should periodically check on your kit to ensure everything looks fine.
5. Turn Off Your Washing Machine Water Intake When You Go On Vacation
Picture this—you just arrive home for a relaxing vacation only to find out your home is flooded. If you know you’re going to be away from home for an extended period, shut off the water supply to your washing machine before leaving. This will help you avoid disaster and give you some peace of mind while away.
6. Change Water Hoses Every 3-5 Years
Some water hose material is more durable than others, yet you will need to replace them eventually, regardless of what you choose. After about three to five years, you should change out the hose. It’s an easy way to avoid worn-out hoses from being the cause of water damage in your home.
7. Install a Water Hammer Arrestor
A water hammer arrestor controls the water pressure pulse created by sudden water interruptions. This device can reduce the stress put on the hoses, which can help prevent a burst washing machine hose. Contact a professional plumber to have one installed in your home.
Call DRIRITE® if You Have Water Damage Emergency
There are so many ways water could end up flooding your home and causing damage. However, there is one thing you should do regardless of how bad the situation is—call DRIRITE®. Our technicians are ready to help you at a moment’s notice.
DRIRITE® specializes in dry and water damage restoration services for property owners in Tampa Bay. For over 40 years, we’ve helped countless families and businesses revive their properties following a water disaster. No matter the time or day, you can call on us for emergency services. DRIRITE® isn’t just our name, it’s our guarantee.
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