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What to Do If Your Washing Machine Leaks (Part 2)

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

A split washing machine water supply hose A burst water supply hose is a frequent cause of a sudden washing machine leak. Here's how to find the source of the water damage and address it.

Part 1 of this article showed you the actions to take as soon as you discover a leak or flood from your washing machine. Now that you've halted the damage, investigate the source of the leak.

Locate the Leak

Finding the leak starts with observing. Pull the washer away from the back wall to gain access to the hoses. Examine the hoses and connections for dripping or leaking water. Tighten the connection for the hot and cold water supply hoses that run from the back of the washer to the shutoff valves. You may need to replace the hoses—and if they are more than 5 years old, do it anyway.

Check to be sure that the single drain hose, usually located between the two water supply hoses, is secured in place on both ends.

If you are confident that you have solved the flooding by tightening or replacing water hoses, go ahead and run a test. Plug the machine back in and turn the power back on at the circuit breaker. Run a regular wash or rinse-only cycle (with no laundry or detergent) and watch closely for leaking or flooding.

Although a common cause of a sudden leak is a burst hose, washing machine floods can also originate from the base of the washer. The fix could be as simple as re-leveling the washer. If the problem is more serious, you may need to call in an appliance repair specialist or consider replacing the washer—note that the average life span of a washing machine is 5 to 7 years.

Repair Water Damage

Finally, you need to tackle the water cleanup and repair any damage to flooring, drywall or furnishings and possessions. It’s essential that within 48 hours you dry your home, because that’s when mold may begin to grow.

When you experience water damage in your home from a washing machine or any other source, call the pros at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield. We are experts at water disaster remediation and we will get to your home fast, stop the leak and clean up the damage to restore your home to its before-disaster condition.

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The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has specialized training and experience in water damage remediation, fire restoration services, natural disaster prevention, chemical cleanup, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield (860.649.0836) any time.

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