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Is There a Ticking Time Bomb in Your House?

Posted by Eric Smith on Wed Jan 13th, 2016 at 3:47 pm

 

On a service call recently, one of our techs was performing a complimentary safety inspection and found a serious accident waiting to happen. The ticking time bomb was actually a pair of swollen rubber hoses that connect the water supply to the washing machine.

As you can see in the photos above, one of the rubber hoses was about to burst. What a relief to have found it before it was too late! If the hose had ruptured it would likely have cost the homeowner a significant amount of money in damages—not to mention wasted time and headache that could easily have been avoided.

 

It's been said that one of the top most avoidable home disasters is a burst washing machine hose.  While replacing a washing machine hose can cost as little as $10, State Farm Insurance reports that in Canada and the U.S. there is approximately $150 million dollars in damage reported from hose failures each year. Holding on to your old hose definitely isn't worth the risk.

A few simple safety checks can help you avoid this potentially costly problem.

  • Routine Safety Checks – A routine safety check should be done on your washing machine hoses every year. While inspecting the hose, look for abnormal wear or bulging. Ensure the connections are secure and that there is no rust on the connectors, as this may be a sign of a leak.
  • Replace Hoses Every Three Years – It is also a best practice to replace these hoses every three years. In fact, it is common for manufactures to print that instruction directly on the hose itself.

Refer to the below photo of a stainless steel wrapped washing machine hose that we typically use (alongside the swollen hoses). In this case, after we identified the swollen hose, we replaced it with the stainless steel hose for extra security. These hoses are more resistant to bursting, cracking and crushing, while still being quite flexible.

If you have any questions or if you'd like to schedule an inspection of your plumbing system, which includes washing machine hoses, please call (262) 367-3808.


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