One of the most important appliances in your home is the washing machine and the plumbing that goes along with it. When there are plumbing problems with your laundry room you have few alternatives and will probably have to make the burdensome trip to the Laundromat. You can avoid this by doing the following tasks in your laundry room.
Check the hot and cold rubber hoses that connect the pipes to the washing machine. Check for cracks or other signs that they may be wearing out. Replace them immediately to avoid a flood from a broken hose.
Regardless of the condition of your hoses, you may want to replace them with no-burst hoses. These hoses are made out of a braided stainless steel that is much more durable. You can find these hoses at a hardware store.
Sometimes floods can happen even if you have recently replaced your hoses. To avoid a costly flood, install a sensor valve. This valve will detect unwanted water and shut off the source of the water. An alarm will go off to alert you of a problem. Our plumbers can help you install one if you don't have the time or skill to do it yourself.
Both washing machines and dryers can produce a lot of extra moisture in the laundry room. To reduce the amount of moisture trapped in your laundry room you can install a ventilator. This will cut down on mold and mildew growth.
Save your laundry until you have a full load to wash. Partial loads use a lot of unnecessary water. Even if you set the machine water level to low you are still using more water than if you washed a full load. Washing only full loads will reduce your water bill and preserve the life of your washing machine.
As you use your washing machine, soap scum and lint will build up along the walls of the pipes. You can help prevent the need for a plumber to clean out your pipes by using a drain cleaner such as Roto-Rooter's Pipe Shield. Once a month, pour the drain cleaner down the pipes and let it sit according to the directions. It will help dissolve buildup that is accruing as well as cut down on future buildups.
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