Dealing with a malfunctioning washer and dryer

26 May - Washing

What should a homeowner do when his washing machine suddenly overflow? Read on. (Photo Credits)

Washing machineshave their own separate water sources, and any malfunction on this home equipment may lead to indoor flooding.

So what should a homeowner do in case his washer or dryer suddenly becomes troublesome and starts causing indoor flooding?

The website Spruce.com explains why a washer would suddenly leak.

“Water Leak at the Front of Washer: Leaks at the front of a washer are usually caused by the overflow tube being clogged or tilted. Clogs can happen due to oversudsing due to using too much detergent or combining laundry products inappropriately. Oversudsing can easily happen in homes that have a water softening system installed. With softer water, less detergent is needed for effective cleaning. To test if you are using too much detergent, take a freshly washed item – like a small hand towel – and place it in a bowl of hot water before drying. If the water becomes sudsy, you are using too much detergent.”

Read the whole explanation here.

Preventing indoor flooding when the machine leaks

Women Should Know meantime discussed ways on how to prevent unnecessary water damage when a washer suddenly breaks down and suddenly overflows with water. Check over here     

“Water runs to your fixtures via pipes that come from behind the wall or floor. At the point they exit the wall or floor, these pipes have shut-off valves. Supply lines are attached to these valves and run to the fixtures and appliances in your kitchen and bathroom. The supply lines may be rigid or flexible. Flexible supply lines, a.k.a. hoses, tubing, etc., are easy to replace and I highly recommend they be upgraded.”

Check out the rest of the advice here.

Prevention is the key

Farmers Insurance says the best way to deal with washer malfunction and flooding, is to prevent it in the first place. In its official website, it published an article on how to avert water damage.

“Washing machines can vibrate and do a little “walking” if they’re overloaded, unbalanced or not on a level surface. Over time, this can cause cracks and loosen water hoses, causing a little dripping on the floor or even a full out flood. So make sure your washing machine is leveled, and try running smaller loads of laundry to keep it in its place. It’s also a good rule of thumb to change out your machine’s rubber water hoses every 5 years or so. Old hoses can tear and spray, so you want to swap them out before they cause any water damage.”

See the rest of the prevention tips here.

If a disastrous malfunction was not prevented, property owners should seriously consider hiring professional help to restore whatever indoor flooding damage the washing machine overflow may have caused.

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