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The Water Damage Culprit In Your Home

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know? Washing machines are a leading cause of residential water damages.

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!

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