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:
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.