Maintaining Your Washing Machine To Prevent Water Damage
The washing machine is one appliance that packs a punch when it fails. It holds up to 30 gallons of water so it’s got a lot to work with. How much water is that exactly? Fill up a bathtub – that’s about it! So, when a washing machine does leak, it can cause a lot of water damage. Slow leaks often go unnoticed – which can bring on mold damage problems, too. Either way, avoiding washing machine water damage all together is best.
More often than not, washing machines link due to old, tattered, or worn out hoses. Washing machine hoses should be checked periodically to make sure they’re in good working order. Look for cracks or signs of rust around the hoses. Washing machines have three hoses – a hot water hose, a cold water hose, and a used water hose. Make sure these are all tightly connected. Small leaks can be temporarily patched until the hose can be replaced. This is usually a pretty cheap fix. Much cheaper than the expense of the water damage it can cause if left alone.
The tub and tub’s seal are another source of water damage issues with washing machines. The tub can crack and cause major flooding. One way to avoid this is to make sure wash load sizes are appropriate. Don’t overload the washing machine and spread the clothing out so one side isn’t heavier than the other. Washing machine tub seals crack as they age – or become dislodged if the machine is overloaded or uneven. This is relatively cheap repair if this happens and you catch it before it creates any major water damage.
One other thing – leave your washing machine open when it is not in use. This allows the tub to dry out. When it’s closed, dampness can cause mildew and mold to form inside the machine. This is not only not great for your clothing, but it can also cause damage to the used water hoses.
If you do run into a washing machine water damage, turn off the water that leads to the washing machine to avoid further damage – and contact a water damage restoration company to help determine what needs to be done to fix the problem, clean up the water, and restore your property to its pre-loss condition. Since water and electricity is involved, cut the power to the machine as well to avoid the possibility of electrocution.
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