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How to Prevent Flooding in Your Home

Have you ever experienced flooding in your home, more specifically in your laundry room? If so, then your washing machine may be the culprit. Burst washing machine hoses are one of the most common causes of water damage in homes. According to Sequoia Insurance Company, nearly 55% of water damage claims are attributed to hoses that leak or burst.

Flooded basement or laundry room

To make matters worse, these claims are pricey, with an average claim running up to $6000. To avoid a destructive and costly catastrophe in your home, be sure to read the tips below:

1) Inspect your machine

Nearly 80% of washing machine failures occur right before the machine and hoses hit the ten year mark. As your machine ages, keep track of the number and be sure to inspect the hoses regularly to ensure that things are running smoothly.

2) Install hoses properly

Many times, people are so quick to get the job done that they fail to get it done correctly. Be sure to leave ample space (at least four inches) between the back of the washing machine and the wall connection. This will prevent kinking in the hose since sharp edges within the hardware can actually razor into the hose, damaging it over time. Be sure to also securely fasten the valve connections (without over-tightening them) to prevent any potential leaks.

3) Remember to shut off the water supply

Simple right? All you have to do is shut off the water supply after every load and remember to turn it back on. This may sound simple, but it’s probably one of the most tedious tasks for any homeowner.

4) Use an automatic shut off timer valve

One particular item we like to prevent flooding is the TimeOut Valve by Keeney, it can be preset to shut off water flow to washing machine hoses prior to starting a wash cycle. The user will manually turn it on by pushing the lever and the valve will do the rest; the gears will go into motion and will stop moving once the timer runs out at the end of the cycle (anywhere from 1 to 2.5 hours). As a result, it stops the flow of water and relieves the pressure from the washing machine hose; therefore prevents flooding if the hose was to burst.

Washing machine hose failure results in $150 million in damages in the USA and Canada every year (State Farm). If you wish to protect your home and savings account from “a disaster waiting to happen,” be sure to follow the tips above.


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