Take a peek into your laundry room. The sleek, shiny machines look so innocent, but let’s be frank: the washer and dryer are two of the biggest risks to your home and safety. Clogged dryer vents spark more than 15,000 residential fires a year, 35 million dollars in property damage and 100 injuries annually. Washing machines, on the other hand, wreak havoc by spewing water where they shouldn’t with disappointing frequency. The average cost of repairs for water damage per incident rings up at more than $5,000!
The frequent culprit? Supply hose failure. Under constant pressure, these hoses can leak or even burst, rapidly flooding a structure. Many building codes are written with just this scenario in mind, specifying that the water supply be shut off when the washer isn’t in use, unless it’s connected to no-burst hoses. Most homeowners, however, don’t turn off the water supply after they complete the laundry, nor do they consider hose type, often purchasing those made of less expensive natural rubber. Protecting your home against supply hose failure isn’t hard, it’s just a matter of awareness and planning.
Replace hoses at least every five years. Hoses, particularly those constructed solely of rubber, degrade over time and develop weak spots. Even if yours look intact, they will fail at some point. Replace them on a regular basis before they announce their expiration with a leak or flood. Once they have been replaced, inspect hoses every six months.
Get the right hoses. Special burst-proof hoses are wrapped in a tough, woven metal sleeve that prevents weak spots in the rubber from progressing into leaks. They are available in any big box home store and installation is simple.
Replacement is an easy DIY task: Using just pliers, replacing these hoses takes about 15 minutes:
Stuck with older hoses but not able to replace them immediately? Simply shut off supply valves when the washing machine is not in use. Then, if DIY is not your style, place a call to Service America for a set of fresh hoses and a newfound peace of mind, because you prevented the dreaded laundry apocalypse.