Is it Time to Replace Your Washing Machine Hose?
Replacing your washing machine hose is one of the simplest and least expensive ways you can prevent thousands of dollars in flood damage to your home. If you can attach a garden hose, you have the skill set needed to tackle this job. But, when do you need to do it?
- The recommended replacement schedule for washing machine hoses is typically three to five years. Can't remember the last time it was done? You should probably go ahead and take care of it.
- If you see signs of wear, like cracks, discoloration or bulges, don't wait. The water in that hose is under pressure, so any weak point is a potential leak.
- For a little added peace of mind, you might consider switching your rubber hose for stainless steel. They're fairly inexpensive and provide better temperature, pressure and corrosion protection.
According to Farmer's Insurance, broken water lines cause half of all water damage claims involving washing machines, and average $5,000 per incident. It's worth the ten minutes and $10 to $25 in materials to avoid that headache!
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