Did you know that the number one insurance claim on a homeowner’s insurance in Southern California is water damage due to faulty washing machine supply lines or hoses? Well, if you read our article back in September about Washing Machine Leaks & Water Damage you might, but if you didn’t, you might want to listen up before you fall victim to the $5,308 dollars in repairs it costs the average Southern Californian to fix what could have easily been prevented.
Chances are, as you’re sitting back in your chair staring at your computer reading this (or on your phone reading it as many of us do these days), you’re probably thinking to yourself, “I’ve never even thought about that.” We’re all guilty of this. We go about the tasks of our everyday lives, like driving a car or washing clothes, just always assuming that the machine will always work. Unlike a car though, your washing machine doesn’t have lights on the dash board to tell you “Check Engine.” So here’s our BIG TIP OF THE MONTH…
CHECK YOUR WASHING MACHINE SUPPLY LINES!!
Twice a year you should check these supply lines for signs of failure which include: worn tubing or bulging and blistering of the hose, stress cracks or loosening at the connection, fraying of the lines, and any leaks near the hose ends.
As per manufacturers recommendations (and our strong recommendation as well), replace these supply lines at least once every 3-5 years regardless of their visible condition. These lines only cost $15-$20 but could save you thousands. Keep that in mind!
A few other good rules of thumb is to always turn off the supply valves when not in use, such as when leaving on vacation or if your washing cycle is only once every week or two, and always remember that it is best NOT to use your washing machine (and dryer too for that matter) when no one is home!
We truly hope this tip helps keep your home safe and in the best shape possible, and helps keep you worry free!
If you do notice water damage though, or would like help changing these supply lines, please contact us today at (626) 968-0885!
We’re always happy to help!
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