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On average, water damages caused by faulty washing machine hoses costs $6,000.

Did you know ?a burst water supply line caused half of all water damage incidents involving washing machines. On average, these incidents caused more than $6,000 in damage.

Steps that homeowners can take to prevent water damages caused by washing machines include:

  • ?Turn supply valves off when not in use.
  • Consider installing a lever-type valve that is easy to operate between uses.
  • Do not operate the washing machine while the home is unoccupied.
  • Leave a 3- to 4-inch gap between the back of the washing machine and the wall to avoid kinking the hose near the valve connection.
  • Inspect the water supply line hoses every six months.
  • Ensure that the connection to the valve is secure, but avoid over-tightening. Hand tighten first. Then tighten an additional 2/3 of a turn using pliers.
  • Check the hoses for cracks, kinks or blisters, which are most commonly found near the hose connection.
  • Washing machine manufacturers recommend replacing washing machine hoses every five years.
  • Consider reinforced braided stainless steel hoses.