4 Items That Will Ruin Your Washing Machine

It's normal for your essential appliances to deteriorate overtime due to wear and tear, especially if you don't take proper care of them. Now, your minor plumbing problem has just turned into something major and will require a hefty financial investment to boot. But if you're good to these appliances, they will be good to you, too.

Here are four items that will ruin your washing machine:


Prior to throwing your jeans in the wash, be sure to thoroughly check all of the pockets and empty the change. If coins or other metal objects get spun around your machine, they will repeatedly bang against the washer's drum and glass door with strenuous force. Damage to the inner drum causes torn or pulled clothing, and damage to the outer drum can lead to leaks. Consider keeping a change jar next to the machine - it might help remind you to check the pocks first!


While it's hard to avoid washing clothes with zippers, there are certain measures you can take prior to washing. These bad boys can get caught in the machine's drum and scratch the door, which may eventually lead to the glass panel exploding. Pull the zipper tabs up all the way before tossing the clothing into the machine. You could even purchase a couple of mesh lingerie bags and throw all articles of clothing with zippers in there. Ladies, this goes for your bras, too. The hooks and underwires can get caught in the drum and cause damage.


You may think the more detergent you put in your machine, the cleaner your clothes will get. Wrong. With more detergent comes soap residue, which can damage the washing machine's sensitive control panel. Also, your clothes will have murky feel to them. Consult the user's manual to see what the optimal amount of detergent is for your particular machine.


Your washing machine can only handle so many clothes, so be conscious of how much you're shoving in there. Overstuffing the machine can cause extreme damage to the suspension and bearings. Again, check the user's guide to see how many pounds your machine can handle.

If your washing machine is broken and in need of a new water line, contact your local Roto-Rooter professional today.