Washing Machine Leak Repair
Many homes in Southern California have basements, which means basement plumbing issues aren’t too far behind. People use their basements for storage, additional living space, and utility and laundry facilities. Because basements have water heaters and washing machines there are multiple water sources and pipes. A little bit of knowledge about plumbing maintenance goes a long way toward protecting your home from water damage and preventing washing machine leak repair.
Laundry Room Plumbing Tips
Washing machines make our lives easy and convenient. Therefore, it’s important that we keep this appliance in good condition. With a little care, washing machines can last for several years.
Here are our best tips for continuous operation:
- Check the hoses for wear and tear. Replace when cracked or broken. We recommend braided stainless steel hoses. They last longer and are less likely to spring a leak.
- Pay close attention for clogs in the water line. While you may expect toilet clogs or backed up sinks, most people are taken by surprise with a clogged water line. However, this is a very common occurrence – especially since hair and other laundry debris like lint get into the line every now and then. Installing a strainer on the machine’s hose is a proactive way to prevent clogged lines.
If you’re experiencing issues with your washing machine plumbing, call a Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter plumber right away to make assess the problem and make repairs right away.
Water Heater Maintenance
Another primary appliance in the basement is the water heater. A broken water heater means that you won’t have hot water for showers, laundry, cooking, dishwashing, and more. While water heaters work well most of the time, occasional maintenance is necessary to prevent operational hiccups or complete service interruption. Checking the anode rod and flushing the tank each year keeps your water heater in great condition.
Some homeowners have the know-how and skills to complete these maintenance services. Others may doubt their abilities. If you’re someone who isn’t comfortable working with plumbing appliances, give your Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter plumber a call today.
On the other hand, if you’re up for the task, start by flushing the tank. Make sure you turn off all water and electricity to the unit before you begin. Wait a few hours for the water to cool. You don’t want to scald yourself. Once enough time has passed, grab a garden hose to drain the tank. Make sure to divert the water into a bucket so you can see what color it is. If you see rust-colored water, this is an indication of sediment buildup. Refill the tank and repeat the process until the water runs clear. Don’t forget to let your family know they’ll be without hot water for several hours. Sometimes this is the hardest part of the flushing process.
Having other issues with your water heater? Need a plumber for complex problems that are too difficult to fix yourself? Call Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter for budget-friendly, water heater repair services. View our complete list of basement plumbing services.