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Prevent appliance hose leaks and costly water damage to your home!

Hose leaks and burst pipes can spell big, costly trouble. It is important to check hoses and connections on your dishwasher, sink, washing machine, and ice maker in your fridge at least once a year. Water damage from failing pipes, plumbing fixtures, and appliance hoses cause over 50% of all property damage.

The American Insurance Association reported during the period 2007 to 2009, water leaks in homes resulted in property loss amounting to $9.1 billion nationwide. Appliance hose leaks and the water damage they cause is directly a result of freezing pipes and plumbing failures. What’s also alarming is the AIA reported water leaks and water damages, as the fastest growing component of home insurance. The amount needed to repair the damage caused by water hose leaks can be over $20,000 on average.

Prevent Appliance Hose Leaks water damage

If your water feed lines are connected with rubber hose, you are at risk for thousands of dollars’ worth of water damage. These hoses are under constant water pressure, causing them to be prone to hose leaks or even bursting. Over time these leaks not only cause water damage they often cause a mold problem too. Routinely inspecting your appliance and plumbing hoses significantly reduces your chances for water damage or mold growth in your home!

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3 Tips Prevent Appliance Hose Leaks and Water Damage:

1) Locate water shutoff valve

If you do not already know where your water shut off valve is located, find it! This will help in the event that you do have a leak, you will be able to stop the water more quickly, preventing any further damages. The water shut off valve is usually in the basement or on an outside wall in a utility area of the home. The main shutoff valve allows a full flow of water through the pipe when it’s open. By turning off this valve, you are cutting off the water supply to the entire house.

    2) Inspect hoses and connections

Inspect hoses and connections to all appliances at least once per year. Most home insurance agencies recommend that washing machine hoses be inspected regularly. By doing this, you will be able to notice any bulging, frayed, corroded or brittle hoses. If you find the condition of the hose to be poor, replace the hose immediately!

    3) Replace all rubber hoses

Replace your rubber hoses with steel braded hoses, they are the least likely to burst. Rubber hoses only last two to five years, while steel hoses will likely last the life of the appliance. No-burst hoses are encased in a woven metal sleeve that prevents weak spots in the rubber from developing into leaks. The hoses are available at your local home improvement store. If you are not comfortable replacing the hoses yourself, call your local plumber, they will be glad to install new hoses for you.

More info? Check out our post Emergency Plumbing Tips to learn more about your home’s plumbing system and what to do in the event of a water damage emergency.

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