The Water Damage Culprit In Your Home
The vast majority of homeowners insurance claims stem from the failure of everyday household appliances. When it comes to water damage, washing machines are a common and unsuspected culprit.
More than half of all washing machine-related water damages are caused by hose failure. Each washing machine has three hoses: two that supply hot and cold water, and one that drains water away.
What causes hoses to leak and how can you prevent it from happening?
A poor connection to either the machine or wall. Constant vibration during the washing cycle can loosen a hose’s connection.
The solution: If you detect a minor leak, simply tighten the hose where it connects to the wall and/or machine.
Aging hoses. Over time, high-flow hoses wear down and become brittle. This makes them more likely to suffer a complete break, flooding your home with gallons of water.
The solution: Replace your hoses at least every 5 years. A new set can be purchased for under $30 and easily installed without a plumber.
During installation or replacement, the hose is pinched or cracked. Slow, gradual leaking leads to sustained moisture and eventual mold growth.
The solution: Invest in a sturdy hose. Braided stainless steel with a rubber or PVC core is more durable and resistant to external damage.
A little preventative maintenance can go a long way in preventing water damage. If your home is impacted by washing machine-related damage, the experts at SERVPRO of Society Hill can help!