Washing Machine Blues...
Don't Let Washing Machine Hoses Damage Your Home
Are the furnishings, floor coverings and keepsakes in your home worth an extra $10 to $20?
Invest that money in new washing machine hoses, and you'll be taking
an important step toward avoiding costly damage, mess, inconvenience
and the loss of items that could never be replaced.
It's money well spent. Washing
machine hose failures cause about $150 million in damage to
homes in the United States and Canada each year.
To reduce the chances that your hoses will fail, it's a good idea to
inspect your washing machine hoses regularly, and to take
steps to minimize the factors that can cause damage.
Can I replace the hoses myself?
replacing your washing machine hoses is a fairly simple home
repair task. It's as easy as hooking up a hose to a water
shut off the water supply to your washing machine. If there's
not a shutoff near your washer, close the main shutoff valve
in your house. Unscrew the old hoses and hook up the new ones.
Make sure you line up the threads and screw the hoses on tightly.
When you're done, turn on the water supply and check carefully
for leaks. (If your hoses aren't coming off as easily
as expected, click HERE
for more troubleshooting information!)
machine hoses can be purchased at most home repair centers,
hardware stores and plumbing supply outlets.
Several thickness' and types of rubber washing machine hoses are
available. There are also hoses on the market that have pre-formed
metal elbows at the ends that attach to your washing machine.
These rigid elbows prevent the hoses from kinking. Expect
to pay $10 to $20 for a new set of washing machine hoses.
When you replace your washing machine hoses, keep them free of
kinks and tight bends.
A professional plumber can tell you about other products, such as water hammer
arrestors, which may lessen the chances of washing machine
hoses breaking. A water hammer arrestor can absorb the increased
water pressure that comes when the electric valve in your
washing machine shuts off.
What else can I do to reduce the chances of failure?
You can take these precautionary steps:
sure there are at least four inches (or 11 centimeters)
between the water connection and the back of the washing
machine. This space will help reduce the chances that the
hose will kink.
inspect your washing machine hoses. Replace hoses every
3-5 years as part of a proactive maintenance program.
- Keep track of the last
time you inspected the hoses by jotting the "inspected"
date on the magnet that's included in this brochure. Attach
the magnet to the washing machine.
that hose connections are secure, including the drain hose.
sure everyone in your household knows where the water shutoff
valve is and how to open and close it. Shut off water at
valves if you will be away from your home for several days
installing or having a professional plumber install a single-handled
valve that makes it easier to turn off the water supply
to your washing machine.
Want more information or more in-depth troubleshooting? Read Natural
Handyman's full article on replacing washing machine hoses
Thanks to our friends at State
Farm Insurance from allowing us to reprint this article.