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How to Prevent Your Washing Machine from Flooding

Your washing machine is likely one of the most commonly used large appliances in your home. As such, it is just as susceptible to plumbing problems and issues as any other appliance. Nobody wants to deal with a flood in their basement or laundry room caused by a bad valve or ruptured water hose. Along with creating a big mess to clean up, a flooding washing machine can waste a great deal of water, costing you more money and frustration in the long run.

In most cases, the older your washing machine, the more susceptible it is to flooding and other common problems. Fortunately, there are a number of simple steps you can take to help prevent your washing machine from flooding:

  • Inspect your washing machine’s fittings and hoses regularly for breaks, cracks, bulges, wear or signs of corrosion.
  • Replace your coolant hose with stainless steel braided hoses which last longer and are less likely to leak.
  • Install a flood alarm that will warn you if your washing machine is leaking to help reduce any damage.
  • Speak with a plumber about measures you can take to prevent pipes from freezing and bursting.
  • Deal with a plumbing issue right away—even if it seems insignificant—before it becomes a large, costly problem.
  • Turn washing machine valves on and off to test for leaks.
  • Shut off the water supply to your washing machine if you are going to be away from home.
  • Check all exposed pipes for signs of damage or leakage.
  • Make sure to empty the dryer tank periodically.
  • If you have a front-loading washing machine, periodically check the seal around the washing machine door to see if it is still working properly.

Keep Your Machine Clean and Well Maintained

Half the necessary maintenance on any washing machine is simply keeping it clean and dust-free, both on the inside and the outside. Make sure to regularly clean out the detergent and fabric softener compartments to prevent mold and mildew from forming.

As good practice, make sure to run the washer only when it is full (do not overfill the machine, either!) and use just enough detergent and fabric softener. Many plumbing companies recommend using biodegradable detergents to help protect your machine, clothing, and septic system. Routinely using a drain cleaning product can also help to keep your drains clean and clog-free. Your local Roto-Rooter plumbers can provide you with more information on what you can do to maintain your household appliances and help prevent flooding.



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