Is Your Washer a Flood Risk?

Time: 5 minutes

You would never hand wash your clothes. So don’t skip a 5 minute check that could save you thousands. While convenient, your washer is also one of the greatest flood hazards in your home.

If your washer has rubber hoses, you should plan to swap them out every five years (a good trick is to check your hoses every leap year).

At the very least, pause this weekend to take a look at their condition. You should check the hoses for signs of wear, including cracks, kinks, stiffness, or brittleness. Weak hoses should be replaced immediately.

What’s in it for you?

  • Flood prevention

Each time you fill your machine with water and the valve closes, a pressure spike causes the hose to expand. Rubber hoses loose resilience over time and can burst due to high water pressure. Stainless steel braided hoses aren’t too much more expensive and can provide extra protection.

To Replace Your Washer Hoses (30 minutes):

  1. Unplug the washer and shut off the hot and cold water valves (usually located in a small box in the wall behind the machine).

  2. Lay down a towel and use a wrench to loosen and remove the old supply hoses. Remove the drain hose from the drain and replace it if it has any cracks.

  3. Use a soft bristle brush to clean the washer filter screens. This will remove any sediment build-up that could restrict water flow.

  4. Hand tighten the new hose fittings and give each hose an extra quarter turn with the wrench. Make sure to match the hot with the hot and the cold with the cold when reconnecting the water supply.

  5. Reconnect the drain hose to the drain, open the water supply valves and check for leaks. Your washer is ready to use!

Pro Tip: Use a hose that is long enough to allow you to move the machine (60” usually does the trick). You should also keep the washer at least 4” away from the wall to prevent your supply and drain hoses from kinking.

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