Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Laundry day. Perhaps for you it comes once a week while for others it may come when they have finally run out of socks. Whatever factor determines your laundry schedule, the fact remains that we all do laundry. The advent of the washing machine made this chore much easier and quicker than the old way of washing clothes in the river however, the convenience that the washing machine offers us should not mean that we neglect its care.
As you probably are aware, connecting your washing machine to a valve in the floor or wall is a hose. This hose is a very important feature as it allows for the flow of fresh water into the tub of the machine so that your clothing can be washed. Unfortunately, the hose could leak or burst which creates an enormous mess, especially if you are away. According to Structure Tech “Rubber Washing Machines Hoses," "Burst washing machine hoses have to be one of the most common causes of catastrophic water damage in homes.” Leaky or burst washing machine hoses can occur for a variety of reasons:
So what should we do about this? There are a couple of options. First, the washing machine hose should be replaced every 3 to 5 years. Secondly, when replacing the hose, consider switching to a stainless steel hose. These washing machine hoses are much more durable and less likely to burst or leak than rubber ones. A professional plumber can replace or install a new stainless steel hose.
The last thing anyone wants to come home to is a flooded home, so be sure that you are inspecting your washing machine’s hose regularly. Questions? Contact A.B. May! For more information you can check out some of my sources: ”Washing Machine Hoses, Selection, Care and Installation” from About.com and Structure Tech “Rubber Washing Machines Hoses.”