How to Tell When It’s Time to Replace Your Washing Machine Hoses
When was the last time you replaced your washing machine’s hoses? Broken or deteriorating water hoses cause flooding and water damage in homes every day. At Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter, we want you to take preventive action to stop devasting damage from damaged water hoses from ruining your home. Continue reading to learn how to tell when your water hose needs changing.
When You Get a New Washing Machine
This might seem like a waste of money, but trust us, it’s not. The best thing to do is to replace the cheap rubber hoses that come with your new washing machine. Replace these hoses with braided, stainless steel lines. The stainless steel material is sturdy and has a longer lifespan than rubber or plastic hoses.
When You Notice Leaking
Any time you notice leaking from the washing machine hose take this very seriously. This is a red flag that something isn’t right. To figure out what’s going on, turn off the water supply to the washing machine. If you don’t have a braided stainless steel hose, go ahead and make this replacement at this point.
What if you already have a steel hose? In this situation, any dripping is likely caused from a brittle or worn O-ring washer that’s housed inside the connection. Some people might decide to replace the worn part. However, it’s better to go ahead and replace the entire hose. Once washers start breaking down, it’s more cost-effective to replace the line. It also gives you peace of mind that you won’t have a worse leak down the road.
Check Your Washing Machine Placement
Are you finding that you need to replace hoses frequently? There are a couple reasons why this might be happening. First, check the placement of your washing machine. Is it placed in such a way that the water hoses are crimped or cramped? If so, move the washing machine to give the hoses more space.
Check Your Water Quality
Another reason your washing machine’s hoses might be failing often is a hard water problem. When sediment gets into the hoses, this creates a layer of buildup that eats away at pipes. Even stainless steel lines aren’t a match for excessively hard water. Contact your plumber to find out more about hard water solutions. If the hard water is eating away at your laundry hoses, think about what it’s doing to your pipes and water heater.
Avoid damage from leaky washing machine lines. If you have questions about replacing these water supply lines, contact Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter today. We’re happy to help and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a week. Call us at (888) 668-8922.