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Eudora, KS Water Damage and your Washing Machine

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

According to research studies, flooded washing machines are amongst the top 10 causes for insurance claims filed every year. This includes all home related damage claims. Water damage frequently occurs from this underappreciated and overworked home appliance. SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa and East Topeka offers some information and preventative tips.

Washing machine flooding is problematic for several different reasons. The water source is known as white water, potable and safe. If the leakage source is from the washing machine drum or the drainage hose, then gray water is the result. This is called category 2 water and holds contaminants from soiled clothing, detergent chemicals, and possibly debris contacting the water. This can lead to illness upon exposure to skin or ingestion. Once excessive water pooling has transpired, your property can be subjected to unwanted structural damage or mold infestation.

What Makes Washing Machines Malfunction?

Washing machines break down for several reasons, but one of the most common causes is a water supply line connection that loosens or bursts. When you turn your washing machine on, you likely feel a slight jolt because of the water flowing through the line. This causes a pop of pressure within the hoses. Eventually, the hoses will start to weaken from normal wear and tear. A large bubble in the hose may be the first indication of a washing machine “aneurysm”. Inspect periodically and consider replacing hoses every 5 to 6 years.

Another reason that your washing machine may start to flood results when a drain hose becomes disconnected. Your drain hose enables water to exit the machine under pressure. This flow is stronger than gravity flow, thus allowing for wider dispersion of water. A simple knock can dislodge the drainage hose from the back wall housing the drainage pipe. SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa and East Topeka suggests securing the hose to the housing of the drainage system.

How to Prevent Washing Machine Flooding From Causing Water Damage.

The best way to prevent your washing machine from flooding is to be diligent regarding preventative maintenance. You could spend over $150 for an electronic flood stopper mechanism. However, if there have been drainage problems caused by the sewage line, then install a flood-guard float (about $25.00) that acts as a check valve. This will prevent sewage water from backing up into the house. Black water, which is Category 3 water, contains dangerous raw sewage and contaminants must be blocked from flowing into your home.

Call SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa and East Topeka for Excellent Water Damage Services.

Although learning how to prevent your washing machine from flooding is important, you could still find yourself subjected to water damage at some point. When this happens, it’s important to call a team of professional water damage restoration experts to your property. The professionals at SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa and East Topeka have extensive industry experience and also offer 24/7 emergency services.

Highly-Trained Water Restoration Specialists

As leaders in the water damage industry from SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa and East Topeka, we have advanced equipment, training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. Our process includes documentation of the drying process to validate your property is dry. Learn about our water damage training and certificates by visiting our website, www.SERVPROlawrenceottawa.com. Call us for help at 785-690-7373.

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