When was the last time you looked at the hoses that bring water to your washing machine? If your answer is “more than a year ago,” or worse, “what hoses?” you may want to take a look (or have a professional do it if there is no easy access).
Over time, washing machine hoses and connections can deteriorate, leading to an increased risk of them leaking or completely bursting open during a wash cycle, potentially leaving you with a big watery mess. In fact, data from Allstate Canada confirms that water damage caused by hose failures from clothing washing machines and other water-using appliances are some of the most common claims for Canadian homeowners.
If you’d prefer not to have to deal with that soggy situation…
Prevent water hose malfunctions with a little TLC:
- If your appliances use rubber water supply hoses, consider changing them to a stronger woven metal option.
- Inspect hoses and their connections to washing machines, water heaters, dishwashers and refrigerator ice makers, for wear-and-tear on an annual basis and replace as needed (or at least every five years).
- Be careful not to crimp a water hose or pull it loose when moving the appliance in an out from a wall.
- Never leave these appliances running while you’re away from home or asleep. Water damage only gets worse the longer it goes unnoticed.
Replacement washing machine hoses are inexpensive, readily available at hardware stores, and fairly easy to replace.
Check out this two minute video from our Good to Know Series for a step-by-step demonstration on changing washing machine hoses, along with tips on what to look for when inspecting them.
Special thanks to B&N General Contractors for their support in providing a location to film the Good to Know series.