What causes water damage in homes? There are actually a number of things. You probably didn’t know that one of the top causes of catastrophic water damage in homes actually comes from the washing machine hoses. In fact, bursting washing machine hoses are responsible for approximately $150 million per year in flood damage in the United States. Read on to learn why this happens, and how to prevent it from happening in your home.
Every time your washing machine shuts off water it causes a water hammer. This is a shock wave created at the valve that passes down the pipe as a result the sudden change in water flow rate. The shock wave is due to high pressure, and as the wave passes through pipe bends, it can actually cause the pipe to move a little bit. You probably hear this happening during your wash cycle. As you can imagine, this is hard on your water lines and can eventually cause damage.
5 Simple Steps to Prevent Your Washing Machine Hoses From Bursting:
Washing machines have 3 hoses: one for hot water, one for cold water and one is a drain hose. This means there are 3 hoses that have the potential to burst or leak.
Inspect them frequently
It is good practice to inspect your washing machine hoses on a monthly basis. Check all three. Keep an eye out for any slight leaks during your wash cycle. Look for any signs of deterioration, such as kinks, cracks or worn tubing.
Turn off the water supply when not in use
There’s a good reason why manufacturers have this written in the instruction manual for your washing machine, however, very rarely do people actually do this.
Install an Emergency Shutoff Kit
Having an emergency shutoff kit installed is an excellent way to prevent costly damage from burst hoses. Their sensor will cause an alarm to go off and automatically shut off the water supply in the case of a hose leak or burst. These devices are relatively inexpensive, and could save you a lot of money in the long run.
Change Water Hoses Every 3-5 Years
This will keep your washing machine hoses in good working order, and you’d be surprised at how easy it is to change them out yourself. See simple instructions here.
Always Use Stainless Steel Braided Hoses
These hoses do more than just look prettier than rubber hoses. They are much more resilient and last significantly longer. They are still relatively inexpensive, and again, a small investment that will pay off in the long run.
At Legacy Plumbing, we are dedicated to helping you with all your plumbing maintenance needs. In the unfortunate event that you end up with a burst washing machine hose, or you simply want our trained experts to inspect and replace your hoses for you, be sure to give Legacy Plumbing a call.