Spin Cycle: Washing Machine Hoses Can Cause Water Damage

According to insurance statistics, washing machine hose failures may cause approximately $170 million in water damage to homes in the United States. The true figure may be even higher because this amount only takes into account insurance claims.

Since washing machine hoses are often the culprits of Sarasota water damage, there are some simple, quick and inexpensive steps that homeowners can take to eliminate the problem and keep yourself from whirling into your very own spin cycle of stress.

Why Washing Machine Hoses: Preventing Water Damage In Sarasota

A failure at 70 pounds of pressure may release up to 650 gallons of water per hour. The problem is that most washing machine hoses are badly manufactured, offering the minimum of protection. The key is to understand why hoses fail. Contrary to popular perception, hoses do not simply burst due to high water pressure.

Rather than rupturing, washing machine hoses fail in a very specific place: at the coupling. The standard hose couplings are rolled and stamped from a rather flimsy sheet of copper alloy. Over time, water flow wears them out. When the hose bends at the coupling, this sharp edge is forced into the exterior wall and slices it open. This is called “razoring.”

Some believe that steel braided hoses are the better choice. While they may last a little longer, they’re still vulnerable to the effects of wear and usage and can also be a primary cause of Sarasota water damage.

Metal hoses, like the majority rubber hoses, are subject to failure (nothing lasts forever). In order to secure the rubber tube and steel braid to the swivel, the manufacturers must use a sturdy crimp in combination with a thin rubber tube. When these hoses are bent and flexed, they often fail at the crimp point. The crimp presses and abrades the steel braiding directly into the single, un-reinforced rubber tube. Since the steel braided hoses are porous, once the rubber hose is cut there’s no safeguard to prevent the water from pouring out.

Steps To Prevent Washing Machine Water Damage In Sarasota

  • Regularly inspect your washing machine hoses.
  • Make sure there are at least 4 inches of clearance between the water connection and the back of your machine. This space will help lower the risk that the hose will kink and/or break.
  • Make sure your connections are secure.
  • Buy a high quality hose. As for one that contains a non-corroding rounded brass insert and other floodproof features designed to address the shortcomings found in most washing machines.
  • Shut off your hoses when not in use. You can either shut them off manually each time, or install an automatic washing machine shutoff valve. Ask about one at your favorite hardware store.
  • Never leave your washer on when you are asleep or out of the house. It could result in water damage.