Incoming washing machine hoses are one of the
most common sources of water damage in a residence.
Granted, the water comes from a "clean" source,
but it still flows everywhere when it bursts. With so
many families away for the entire day, one broken hose
can release a tremendous amount of water in a few short
hours. The best solution is to simply turn the hose
valves on and off as we start and finish the task of
washing clothes. The hose is under constant pressure
24/7; it is inevitable that it will weaken and burst
Many manufacturers post a small notice to replace the
hoses every five years, but that notice is seldom seen
and even more seldom followed. There is, however, one
very simple way of avoiding the problem. Replace the
standard hoses with wire-braided, high-pressure hoses.
You can get them at almost any hardware supply store.
This is something that everyone should do as soon as
possible. It's not a question of "if" but
only "when" a hose is going to burst. So,
replace them now!
This also brings up the subject of other water lines
that need preventative maintenance. There is a big difference
between a bursting hose from a washing machine and a
drip, drip, drip of an icemaker inlet line. Water damage
that occurs over an extended period of time due to poor
maintenance is often not covered in a policy and yet
can cause major damage.
Continual, slow leaks can migrate under vinyl, stone,
and other flooring without notice. If you do not check
them once a month, you can have a very expensive loss
that might not be covered by insurance. So, at least
once a month move the refrigerator or other appliances
and physically check for any damage or signs of a leak.
Water Line Connections that attach to the dishwasher,
reverse osmosis line, or any other water line should
also be checked on a regular basis. Get under the sink
and feel the lines for moisture. Look on the deck of
the cabinet for any drips that are collecting or for
signs of wet/damaged materials.