How to Prevent Your Washing Machine from Flooding

December 14, 2015

Your washing machine is likely one of the most commonly used large appliances in your home. However, they are susceptible to plumbing problems and issues just like 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, they 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 frozen pipes.
  • Deal with a plumbing issue right away 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 leakage.
  • Make sure to empty the drier tank 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 in the soap scum.

As good practice, make sure to run the washer only when it is full and use just enough detergent and fabric softener to help prevent corrosion and leaks in your machine. Many plumbing companies recommend using biodegradable detergents to help protect your machine, clothing, and septic system. 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 help prevent flooding.


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