Your Washer and Dryer Are Where Many Household Floods and Fires Begin

washer and dryerIt is important to regularly inspect your washing machine washer and dryer water supply hoses for leaks. One of the top reasons for insurance claims is for water damage caused by leaky washing machine supply lines. Inspect washing machine water supply lines at least annually and replace them every three years if they are plastic. If you notice that the metal ends of your water supply lines are discolored or rusty, replace them immediately.

Faulty washing machine drain hoses are as important as water supply lines when it comes to keeping water off of your floor and in your drain where it belongs. As with supply lines, regularly inspect the ends of your washing machine washer and dryer drain lines for discoloration or rust, and replace them immediately if you find evidence of leaking.

Additionally, check the snugness of the drain lines by using a crescent wrench or a pair of pliers. You should not be able to tighten the line any further if the line is properly tightened. Plastic lines should be replaced every three years.

When it comes to your washer and dryer, it is important to make sure that you regularly clean your lint screen in order to prevent fires. Lint buildup results in over 15,000 home fires every year. Not only will a clean lint screen prevent fires, but it will also increase the life of the heating element.  Don’t forget to clean the back of the washer and dryer where lint can be trapped as well.  Physically remove the lint from the screen between each load of laundry. Also, be sure to remove fabric softener residue by washing the screen with warm water and dish detergent once per week.

Your home has many operating parts that wear out just like anything else.  For you plumbing we suggest getting a whole house plumbing inspection of washer and dryer every few years from Black Mountain Plumbing, Inc.

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