Your washing machine water supply lines could be ticking time bombs. Many home appliances, like your washing machine, use a lot of water. When they have a problem, they can leak and cause costly damage.
In a 2020 report, the Insurance Information Institute reported that about one in 50 insured homes has a property damage claim caused by water damage each year, and the average cost of damage is about $10,000.
Undetected water can also pose a health risk by encouraging the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Water leaking and hiding behind walls can worsen allergies or asthma and cause respiratory problems in healthy family members.
Here’s the good news. Preventing potential leaks is easy and will only cost $20 to $30 every couple of years.
When it comes to washing machines, half of leaks result from burst water supply lines, which can loosen with vibration and degrade over time. Check your hoses frequently for cracks and kinks, and replace them every three to five years as part of a proactive maintenance program.
When replacing washing machine supply hoses, always choose a reinforced steel braided hose over the traditional non-reinforced rubber hose. These hoses will last longer and are far less likely to result in a catastrophic water loss.
So, when was the last time you checked your washing machine supply hoses? Go check now! Then come back here to grab your new washing machine hoses!