4 Myths about Washing Machine Failure

washing machine failureWashing machine failure is one of the leading causes of water loss, or flooding in a home. In fact, it is one of the top 10 causes. These failures resulted in an average cost of over $5,000, after the insurance deductible was paid. If we understand more about what causes these washing machine failures, we should be able to fix the problem or problems and protect ourselves and others from serious water loss and damage to our homes. Here are four commonly believed myths about washing machine failure that we want to tell you the truth about.

Myth #1: Washing Machine Failure Won’t Happen to Me

It’s human nature to think this way about most horrible things that can happen to a person. For some reason, we all think we are the exception. However, most homeowners will experience appliance failure at some point. Washing machines are not built to last forever. They will break down or have problems eventually. Washing machine failure is extremely common in residential areas, and even more common among uneducated homeowners. So educate yourself and protect your home from water damage.

Myth #2: There’s Nothing I Can Do about It

If it’s going to happen, it will just happen, right? Wrong! There are things you can do to protect yourself from water damage caused by washing machine failure. The most common cause of washing machine failure is damage to the hose. Be sure to look for signs of hose failure. Over time, the dirty water can start to deteriorate your hose. The signs are blisters, worn tubing, stress cracks, or loose hose connections. A good rule of thumb is to replace your hose every 5 years. Hoses can break down from the inside and you would never see the signs of wear.

Myth #3: Washing Machines Can’t Produce Enough Water to Cause Damage

This is the biggest myth of all. A top-loading washing machine can actually hold up to 92 gallons of water. That is 767.28 pounds of water. That is a lot of water. If your washing machine fails, it will cause serious water damage.

Myth #4: My Laundry Room Is Waterproof

While your laundry room may have tiled or cement floors, that is not enough to “waterproof” an area. A drain in your floor will aid in removing a good portion of the water, but a great deal of it will be spilling into the surrounding rooms. That amount of water will take some time to get rid of. In the meantime, it will sit, pooling and harming furniture and seeping into your walls. It is always smart to keep your laundry room on the lowest floor of your home. If washing machine failure occurs in a second-floor room, the water will start to leak through the floor, and eventually the ceiling of the room below it. Don’t let washing machine failure cause damage to your home. Educate yourself and take precautions. Now that you know what to look for, we invite you to share with your family and friends. Save $25 on Air Duct Cleaning - Free Coupon  


 

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