How To Tell If Your Washing Machine Hoses Need To Be Replaced

washing machine hoseA ruptured washing machine hose is the most frequent cause of household water damage originating in the laundry room. According to a spokesman for a major homeowner’s insurance company, a broken cold or hot washing machine hose can inundate the home with up to 500 gallons of water per hour. Imagine bringing an outdoor garden hose inside the house, turning it on full force and just letting it run. You get the picture.

Most new washers are supplied with rubber supply hoses that connect to the hot and cold water faucets on the wall behind the unit. Over time, rubber becomes brittle and the hose may rupture without warning. If nobody happens to be around when it occurs, damage to the home and possessions could be extensive. Braided stainless steel supply lines have much longer service life and are not associated with sudden ruptures that cause extensive indoor flooding. Here are some guidelines to help you decide when to replace a washing machine hose.

  • When the washer is first installed. That’s right, the safest thing to do is never use the cheap, original equipment rubber hoses in the first place. When a new unit is purchased insist on braided stainless steel lines. You might want to keep the rubber hoses in the garage in case you need a shorty garden hose for some use outdoors, such as to fill buckets. They will screw onto outdoor faucets just fine.
  • If you notice leaking. Any leakage from a washing machine hose ought to be a red flag to immediately turn off the water supply at the shutoff valve on the wall behind the unit. Then, replace the rubber hose with braided stainless steel. Dripping or minor leakage from the screw-on hose connection at the valve is usually caused by worn or brittle o-ring washers inside the connection. That fact alone should tell you something about the overall condition of the hose itself, and should be another warning sign to replace the hose now.

Ask the professionals at Rytech, Inc. about avoiding expensive water damage due to a broken washing machine hose.


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