Water Damage Caused by Your Washing Machine: Causes of Washing Machine Water Damage and How to Prevent It

October 3, 2020

Did you know that washing machines are one of the leading causes of water damage? It’s true - and the damage can be costly.One of the most important things you can do to prevent washing machine damage is to really understand how your washing machine works by reading the manual and or doing research on your specific machine. Each washing machine is unique, so having a good understanding of the possible ways that your machine may result in damage can prevent it from occurring.

laundry room with washer and dryer

Here we talk about the common ways that your washing machine may cause severe water damage to your home:

Have you experienced water damage from your washing machine? You may have more damage than what your eye can see! Call Tampa’s water damage restoration professionals at Onsite Restoration to give you peace of mind.

Supply Hose Leaks

Supply hose issues are the top cause of water damage relating to washing machines. Supply hose leaks are caused by poor connection of the supply hose to the wall or washing machine, the hose being pinched during installation, and having an outdated supply hose.To prevent supply hose leaks from occurring, ensure that your hose is steel braided and isn’t more than about five years old. A new pair of hoses will run you about $30, so it is definitely worth the investment rather than having to pay for a costly water damage restoration project.Has your washing machine already started leaking from the supply hose?Contact us for a free water damage consultation!Our IICRC certified technicians will assess the damage and discuss your options for the repair.

Overloaded Machine

Overloading your washing machine can lead to loosened valves and gaskets and cracks which contribute to internal leakage. Loading your washer with smaller loads can prevent this issue from occurring.Internal leaks can be dangerous because of the health problems that can result from being exposed to water that’s been in contact with the washing machine parts and detergent.Another result from an overloaded machine is the massive flood that can result in your utility room, hallway or wherever you may house your washing machine.Going in to get your clean laundry and stepping in a puddle of water can be a frustrating situation. Onsite Restoration is here to assist with all of your water damage restoration needs. We are here to help and keep you informed every step of the way.Don’t take our word for it, take a look at the testimonials of past clients!

Drainage System Issues

Your washing machine’s drainage system can lead to water damage issues caused by clogs in your draining pipes or your drain not being properly aligned. Another reason why your washing machine may lead to water damage issues is if your sewer backs up.To avoid a sewage clog, take extra caution when using your washing machine after a storm and if you know your sewer line is prone to clogging. Water damage caused by a sewage clog is very dangerous, and can cause severe health problems.With water damage that could possibly be harmful to you or your family, it is best to bring in the professionals at Onsite Restoration for water mitigation and repair any unseen damaged flooring and walls.Contact us to find out more about our water mitigation process.

washing machine leaking water on floor

How to Prevent Washing Machine Water Damage

  • Be sure to not overload your washing machine
  • Obtain a new intake hose every five years
  • Have your washing machine professionally installed
  • Check your sewer line before using your washing machine
  • Check your sewer line after a storm has occurred
  • Identify how to turn off your washing machine’s intake valve
  • If you can’t find your machine’s intake valve, locate the main water valve

Have You Experienced Water Damage From Your Washing Machine?

When you choose Onsite Restoration for your water restoration project, we will exceed your expectations. Our general contractor has over 14 years of experience working on both residential and commercial projects.We specialize in water damage, water mitigation, fire damage and storm damage from minor issues to total home losses! We are also state-licensed, insured and IICRC certified.Our project managers and certified technicians provide professional and clear communication when it comes to your project. Onsite Restoration works with insurance claims as well, partnering with public adjusters, we work for you, not your insurance company.Ready to schedule your consultation?Contact us at 813-579-5789 / contact@onsiteresidential.com

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