Avoiding the Flood Waters.

Here's the problem.

Kitchen

One of the most common causes of flood damage in the home (kitchen, laundry room, garage, or basement) is from a burst washing machine hose.

It's true.

Which leads me to ask the question, "Have you ever checked the water supply hoses to your washing machine?" No? That's okay, most home owners never do.

If you haven’t checked the washing machine supply hoses since you've lived in your house, or within the last five years, you should replace them as soon as possible.

Believe me, I've known many people whose homes have been flooded simply due to an old washing machine hose. And this is not a cheap cleanup -- typically around $4,000.

Ironically, washing machine hoses are inexpensive, easy to change and certainly worth the $20-$30 bucks to do so. Plus, the only tool you need is an adjustable pliers/channel locks (well, and some Teflon tape).

Adjustable Pliers

By the way, there are two types of washing machine hoses available; standard rubber hoses and braided hoses.

The braided hoses cost a bit more but are a worth the extra money as they are very resistant to any abrasion like moving the washing machine or things falling on the hoses. Six foot hoses are the most common and allow you to pull the washer completely out to perform any service.

DIY Tip: Make sure that the rubber washers are installed in the ends of each new hose.

Although I don't do many "how to" articles, I've made an exception with this do-it-yourself article, "How to Change A Washing Machine Hose".

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