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Prevent Washing Machine Water Damage in 8 Simple Steps

Water damage from washing machines is one of the leading sources of residential water losses. This type of failure costs an average of $5,308 per incident after paying the deductible. The good news is that preventing water damage from washing machines is not as hard as you may think. Follow these tips to avoid water damage issues caused by a washing machine malfunction in your home.

How to Prevent Water Damage from Washing Machines

  1. Don’t overload the washing machine with laundry. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how full your washer should be — usually only three-quarters full. Distribute clothes evenly and loosely inside the machine.
  2. Install a water leak detector near your machine to get instant alerts in case of a washing machine water valve leak, washing machine water pump leak or hose leaks. These devices also help prevent flooding by automatically shutting off hot and cold water supplies to the washer when sensors detect a water leak.
  3. Use the right detergent for your washing machine in the correct amount to avoid suds and bubbles that can cause the washer to overflow. Read the instructions manual to learn which type of detergent is best for your machine and how much to use each wash.
  4. Regularly check water supply hoses (both hot and cold) for blisters, worn tubing, stress cracks or loose connections. Replace damaged hoses with newer types that are made of flexible plastic tubing encased in a stainless-steel braided exterior.
  5. Replace hoses every five years even if they don’t seem damaged to prevent water damage from washing machines. Deterioration may occur on the inside of the hose and may not be visible until it’s too late.
  6. Check the drain hose for wear and tear and to make sure it’s tightly inserted into the main drain line. Ensure it doesn’t dislodge when the washer agitates or drains.
  7. Leave at least four inches of space between the wall and your washer to prevent the supply and drain hoses from becoming kinked.
  8. Turn off water to both supply valves when the machine is sitting idle. Also, always turn off the valves if you will be away for several days. Have lever-operated valves that can be quickly closed and opened in one easy motion. Replace any valve that’s not operating properly or is leaking.

For Water Damage Repair, Call in the Pros!

These tips can help you prevent washing machine flooding, but do be prepared for these incidents. Learn what to do if your washing machine overflows. Washing machines can also harbor mold, so check out how to remove mold from washing machines. For remediation services related to water damage from washing machines, contact your local PuroClean office.