This action followed advice from fellow blogger,Tammy of Sweet Southern Happiness. Last month she had a spill in the laundry room, upsetting enough, but in cleaning up, she saw a potentially BIGGER problem — a bubble in a washer hose.
A failed washer hose with an average water pressure of 70 psi will spew out almost 11 gallons/ minute. If a hose failure is undetected for 1 hour, 650 gallons of water will flood in. If undetected for up to 6 hours, 3,500 gallons of water can enter your home.
Washer hose failures are ranked by insurance companies as a leading cause of home water damage with an estimated $200 million annually in losses. This only includes reported claims, not the heartbreak of losing irreplaceable items or the inconvenience of not being able to use part of a home while water is extracted, the home dried and the damage repaired. Homes with 2nd floor laundry rooms have a larger risk due to water cascading through the ceiling to lower floors and, in some cases, into the ceilings of finished basements.
Steps to prevent washer hose failures . . .
- Do regularly inspect your washing machine hoses and buy high quality hoses.
- Make sure there's at least 4 inches clearance between the water connection and the back of the washing machine. This will help reduce the chances of the hoses kinking.
- Make sure the connections are secure and do not loosen over time with the motion of the washing machine.
- Turn off hoses when not in use and don't leave your washer running when you are asleep or away from home.
I read that a good rule is to replace rubber washing machine hoses every 5 years, but how do you remember?
Tag them with the date you installed them so you won't forget. Another tip is replace washing machine hoses every leap year.