Most of us remember to keep your bathroom, basement and kitchen appliances and plumbing in good condition but not always the laundry room! With a few routine steps, you can keep your washer and dryer in perfect shape and never have to haul your clothes to the laundry mat.
Roto-Rooter in Boston recommends that you only run your washing machine when it has a full load and that you regularly check your hoses for signs of wear. Keep your drains unclogged by making sure a strainer is there to prevent all hair, soap, and debris from entering the lines. Don’t forget to use your machine’s high-efficiency settings (if it has this feature) and use cold water to reduce energy costs.
To prevent damage and unnecessarily high water bills, install a flood alarm to warn of water from the washing machine or water heater leaking from the appliance or from overflowing sinks. These are simple, inexpensive devices powered by 9-volt batteries. Be sure to keep fresh batteries in them or they won’t do their job.
Check exposed pipes under sinks for signs of leaks as well. To prevent gases from backing up into your home though your laundry sink, floor drains or other infrequently used drains, periodically turn on the faucet or pour a bucket of water down the drain to keep the trap seal full.
Lastly, don’t forget to apply Roto-Rooter® Pipe Shield® to laundry drain lines once a month to keep lint and detergent scum from building up and causing clogs! Visit rotorooter.com for more information on how to keep your pipes and drains in tip top condition.
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