Washing machine and dishwasher hose maintenance reduces the risk of water damage
If not well maintained, washing machine and dishwasher hoses could be one of the major causes of water damage in the home. Install the right hoses and inspect them regularly to minimize the risk dramatically.
Choosing the right appliance hose
There are 2 types of appliance hoses. Rubber hoses are made of layers of rubber and cloth, which deteriorate over time and could break or burst. Stainless steel braided hoses are much more resilient and last longer.
How much damage can an appliance hose cause?
A washing machine hose, for example, can produce up to 75 litres of water a minute. That’s 64,000 litres in 24 hours. Enough to fill almost three swimming pools. This type of damage can have devastating affects and be very costly to fix.
The costly results of water damage:
- Warping or buckling of laminate floors, that will need to be replaced.
- Damage to appliances motors, that will require repairs or replacement.
- Damage to kitchen cabinets, baseboards and drywalls – which could get moldy and will need replacement.
Prevent appliance hose water damage:
- Ensure all your appliances use stainless steel braided hoses. They are up to ten times less likely to fail as they are made of flexible rubber and reinforced with a mesh of stainless steel wire, allowing them to be installed in tight spaces without kinking, which is usually the cause of a burst hose.
- Avoid running the dishwasher or washing machine while you are sleeping or out of the house
- Check all appliance hoses frequently and replace at any sign of wear
Use your dishwasher less often by always running a full load. When purchasing a washing machine, choose front loading models as they are more efficient then top loading models.