Washing Machine Water Damage: Causes and Solutions

You might be surprised how often that washing machines are the cause of significant water damage to a home. Understanding how you can prevent this kind of damage from happening to you is the purpose of this post. Here you will get the information about the common causes of water damage from your washing machine, and also some of the ways that you can prevent these things from happening in the future.

How Do Washing Machines Cause Water Damage?

Supply Hose Malfunctions

This makes up more than half of the water damage claims where the washing machine is the culprit. There are numerous ways that this can be to blame. For starters, this could just be installed improperly. You might also find that these hoses are susceptible to cracks when being taken on and off (to replace with a new machine, for example). A simple pinching of the hose during its initial installation could cause a leak later down the road from the development of a weak point in the hose itself.

Drainage Issues

Improper installation of the draining system (either the hose leading out from the machine or the drain itself) can also be big culprits in costly water damage. Considering that this might not even specifically be a malfunction of the washing machine itself, it is important to understand the need for a fully functioning drainage system from your house that isn’t allowed to become gummed up and eventually back up into your house.

Internal Leaks

While this is often the least common cause of water damage associated with washing machines, it is common enough that it is worth listing. Sometimes parts inside of the machine itself can be jarred loose, causing the bowl to improperly drain or to literally pour out onto the floor if the internal damage is bad enough.

How Can You Prevent This Damage?

Preventing these problems is actually fairly simple. Consider these few things that you can do to prevent water damage from your washing machine.

  • For the supply hose, a visual inspection on a regular basis can prevent a small problem turning into a big one. Feel for wetness along the length of each hose, and see if there are signs of water coming from either end of its connections.
  • The drainage of the machine is simple enough (usually) to be self-explanatory. Your primary concern here is to ensure that the drain leading away from your home remains clear of clogs and debris to allow the washing machine to drain freely.
  • Lastly, you need to ensure that you are not overloading your washing machine. Excessive loads will cause rumbling and the overworking of your entire machine. This will eventually jar parts loose and could lead to cracks in the bowl that are impossible to repair cheaply.

Now that you have a general idea of what could happen, and more importantly how to prevent it, the only thing left now is to go check it out for yourself. Make the time in your life to do some preventative maintenance to the appliances and piping in your home. This can save you thousands in the long run just for a little bit of your time and money now. The better prepared you are for what could happen, the less likely that it will be devastating if or when it does.


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