According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, washing machine water leaks are one of the top 10 sources of water damage to homes. These claims cost an average of $5,308 in damage AFTER the deductible is paid.
The First General team recommends the following tips for preventing water damage from washing machines:
More than half of all washing machine water damage issues are caused by a supply hose failure. It is important to ensure the hose connection from the washing machine to the drain is secure. It is also recommended to change the supply line hose every 5 years to avoid brittleness which can lead to leaks
Turn off the hot and cold water supply valves when the washing machine is not in use. If you will be away from your home for several days, always be sure to do this. An un-attended water leak can cause major damage to walls and floors, and even lead to mold growth
Be careful not to overload your washing machine. It can be very tempting to get your laundry done in one big load rather than 2 smaller, more manageable loads, especially when trying to save time. However, overloading your washing machine on a regular basis can cause internal cracks to the system or loose valves and gaskets. This can lead to water finding it’s way to areas of the system that can cause major damage
The sewer line and your washing machine need to get along! Be extremely careful when running your washing machine if your home’s sewer line has a history of backing up or if you’ve recently experienced a storm. Category 3 water, which contains harmful contaminants, can back flow into your washing machine’s supply line in the event of a sewer backup
For more tips on preventing water damage from washing machines, check out this link: https://www.familyhandyman.com/laundry-room/avoiding-a-laundry-room-flood-in-an-upstairs-laundry-room/
If you have experienced water damage from a washing machine, the First General team can assist with the cleanup. Visit our website for information on the water damage services we provide: https://firstgeneralservice.com/water-damage-services