Inspect Water Hoses For Washer Machine.
Washer machine hoses are one of the most common causes of catastrophic water damage in homes, so it is important to inspect them regularly for signs of wear and tear. Bursting washing machine hoses are a top 10 insurance claim.
How often should you inspect your washing machine hoses?
It is a good idea to check your washing machine hoses for damage, cracks, or leaks once a year as part of your regular plumbing maintenance. You should also inspect the hoses more often if you have any concerns, such as if you notice any wetness around the washing machine or if you hear any unusual noises when the washing machine is running.
What to look for when inspecting your washer machine hoses:
- Blisters, bulges, or bubbles: These can be signs of weakness in the hose and could lead to a burst.
- Cracks: Even small cracks can allow water to leak out.
- Unraveling: If the outer layer of the hose is unraveling, it is time to replace it.
- Discoloration: Discoloration can be a sign that the hose is made of inferior materials or that it is old and needs to be replaced.
- Crimps or kinks: Crimps and kinks can restrict the flow of water and put stress on the hose, which could lead to a burst.
- Leaks: Check the hoses and connections for any signs of moisture, drips,rust, or leaks.
How many gallons of water come from a burst washer machine hose?
Water from a burst hose will spill out around 650 gallons per hour (or six gallons per minute). Inspect your main water shut off valve and washer valves. Make sure it is functioning safely and everyone knows where the main water valve is in case of an emergency.
How long will a washer machine hose last?
- Studies show failure rates increase significantly in hoses that are more than five years old.
- The average age of failed hoses was 8.7 years.
- 80% of hoses fail within 10 years.
Automatic washing machine water shutoff valve with leak sensor.
If it is time to upgrade your washer water shutoff valve you can protect against catastrophic water damage from a burst inlet hose connected to a washing machine in use or unattended. The valve senses when the washing machine is on or off, and then opens or closes the hot and cold inlet valves as needed to allow or prevent water from flowing to the washer. Call PDM for shutoff valve options.
If you need help, call PDM.
PDM plumber will carefully move your washing machine. We will replace your hot and cold water hoses with the new, stainless steel braided hoses. Test hoses and shut-off valves for safe operation.
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