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Washing Machine Hose Q & A

Most homeowners probably think of heavy rains when they hear about water damage in a home.

But, there is a more troublesome culprit lurking in the laundry room – washing machine hoses. In fact, washing machine hose failure is a top contributor to home insurance water damage claims!*

Q: Is replacing washing machine hoses an important part of home maintenance?

A: Yes. Regardless of their condition, washing machine hoses should be replaced about every 5 years to prevent a flooding emergency.

Standard washing machine hoses are made of black rubber. Unfortunately, these hoses only last a few years and will eventually fail, causing one big mess and costly water damage.

The rubber breaks down over time from the high water pressure and heat of the water running though the hose to your washing machine.

Q: Is there an alternative to rubber washing machine hoses?

A: Kobella Plumbing Heating Cooling recommends replacing your rubber washing machine hoses, regardless of age and assumed condition, with a more reliable solution: braided stainless-steel hoses.

These reinforced, braided stainless-steel washing machine supply hoses perform better and last longer than the standard rubber hoses. Although, they too have a life expectancy and can wear out.

Q: How do I prevent washing machine hose leaks?

The best way to prevent a leak or flooding situation from a faulty washing machine hose is to first replace the standard rubber hose with a braided stainless-steel hose and second, to inspect your hoses regularly.

We recommend you periodically inspect your washing machine hoses for signs of wear, including cracks, blisters, or bulges, especially around the connection. It’s also important to check that the hose was properly installed and is securely connected, and there are no kinks or signs of rust.

Answering questions and providing services related to installing, repairing or replacing washing machine hoses is one of the many excellent services provided by Kobella plumbing technicians. If you have concerns, we’d love to hear from you.

* Institute for Business and Home Safety

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