As a homeowner, you want to take good care of your home by preventing water damages and other problems that can arise. Many people know to check for water leaks around plumbing fixtures and to replace water heaters if they begin to rust significantly, but worn out washing machine hoses are often overlooked. Because burst washing machine hoses are one of the most common causes of residential water damages, our The Woodlands plumbers want to share with you a few tips on caring for your hoses.
Tips for Preventing a Burst Washing Machine Hose
- Never run a load of laundry when you’re not home.
- Place your washing machine at least four inches away from the wall to prevent the hoses from bending and kinking.
- Inspect your washing machine hoses monthly. Pay special attention to the portion closest to the connection.
- Look for signs of wear including blisters, stress cracks, and worn tubing.
- Check to make sure hose connections are not loose. If needed, tighten these connections.
- Replace your hoses every three to five years or anytime you see signs of wear.
- Note that deterioration can occur from the inside out, so even if you don’t notice wear you should still replace your hoses regularly.
- Turn off the hot and cold water valves anytime you will be out of town for several days.
- Consider replacing rubber washing machine hoses with stainless steel braided hoses which are less likely to burst.
Preventing a burst washing machine hose could save you thousands of dollars in water damage repairs. It’s simple to inspect them, easy to replace them, and well worth the effort! For help finding water leaks or for other plumbing services in The Woodlands, give Rooter-Man Plumbers a call today!