Renew washer hoses to avoid domestic water damage


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We’ve just had a new washing machine at home. The old one – which we have had for 16 years – has ‘given up the ghost’.

When I was plumbing the new machine into the cold water I noticed some water had leaked behind the kitchen units and had damaged the shelves. It was with interest then that I came across this advice on the blog of Drain Doctor’s counterparts in the United States, Mr Rooter.

Washing machine hose failure is one of the top five causes of water damage in a home according to the Institute for Business and Home Safety.  If you still have rubber hoses connecting your washing machine to its water source you might want to spend a little time to reduce your risk of a potential flood.

Here are the steps to follow when installing new washing machines hoses:

1)      Purchase stainless steel braided flexible hoses (recommend 5-inch minimum).

2)      Turn hot and cold water off at the water connection (confirm by turning the washer on to ensure water is off).

3)      Move the washer away from the wall for access. (Be sure not to damage the floor when moving the washer).

4)      Have a small bucket handy to catch water remaining in hoses once disconnected.

5)      Use adjustable pliers to unscrew hot and cold hoses from the wall anticlockwise.

6)      Remove hoses from the machine in a anticlockwise direction.

7)      Install stainless steel braided hoses, making sure hose washers are in place before tightening both ends of the hoses in a clockwise direction.

8)      Turn water on to leak test before moving washer back into position.

9)      While you are at it, clean behind the washing machine to avoid other potential hazards.

10)  Return appliances to their original position.

We hope you find these tips useful.



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2 responses to “Renew washer hoses to avoid domestic water damage

  1. Whether your basement is still unfinished or you are debating whether to build that family room the family desperately needs, before storing any unwanted or out of season items or hammering in that first nail you should seriously consider waterproofing the basement walls first. Cement, the material that the walls and floor is made from, is porous so any overflow of water that is in the ground or on it will eventually find its way into your basement walls.

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