Your washing machine was delivered with rubber supply hoses. The “fine print” recommends turning the water supply to the machine off after using it. So, if you don’t, you’re among the 97.3% of all households who don’t as well. Rubber washing machine hoses will weaken over time with constant pressure.

Throw in a load of wash and dash off to a soccer game with the kids or the market for more tomatoes and you could come home to soaking wet wood flooring, warping baseboards, soggy carpeting, bulging cabinets and ruined boxes of important files.

Please take this seriously as it happened at our house. We were not using the washing machine at the time. We were sitting in the living room and heard a noise and when we went to investigate, water was flooding into our kitchen and breakfast nook. Fortunately, we were home so the damage was minimal.

Did you know that a burst washing machine hose can discharge up to 500 gallons of water in one hour? If you are not at home when it happens, 500 gallons of water could do an incredible amount of damage to your home. It is no wonder that water damage from faulty washing machine hoses is the most common claim made to insurance companies.

Replacing your washing machine hoses is one of the smartest things a homeowner can do. To help avoid such a water damage claim, here’re three things to do:

1. Make sure there is at least 4” between the water connection and the washer because kinked hoses are more prone to burst.

2. Replace those hoses every 3 to 5 years.

3. Keep track of when you change the hoses by labeling each with a tag stating the date you changed them.

So why wait for disaster – hook up with stainless steel braided hoses. We carry these on our trucks – so give us a call at (817) 572-9400 and avoid this kind of disaster at your home.