Washing Machine Blues...
Don't Let Washing Machine Hoses Damage Your Home

Provided by our friends at State Farm Insurance

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?

Yes, replacing your washing machine hoses is a fairly simple home repair task. It's as easy as hooking up a hose to a water spigot.

Just 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!)

Washing 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:

Want more information or more in-depth troubleshooting?  Read Natural Handyman's full article on replacing washing machine hoses HERE.

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