Nearly every home has a washing machine. And if there is a malfunction, it can cause substantial damage to the home.
A faulty washing machine supply line is the most common cause. When the supply line malfunctions, it causes water to leak from the drain line and pour out to damage floors and baseboards.
If not caught in a timely manner, the damage can affect the entire home.
There are preventive measures that can be taken to avoid this type of water damage.
- Never operate the washing machine when no one is home.
- Be sure the connection to the valve is secure.
- Leave a 3 - 4 inch gap between the washing machine and wall to prevent the hose from kinking.
- Inspect the water supply line hoses every 5 - 6 months for cracks or kinks. Steel hoses are recommended as they are more secure and last longer. They should be changed every five years.
If you experience this type of loss, water should be turned off immediately and a water restoration company should be contacted to mitigate the damage. Most homeowners insurance policies will cover this type of loss. You should consult with your Park & Associates agent to be sure you have water damage coverage on your policy.