Having a washer at home is a nice convenience. It means you can wash your clothes whenever you want, and you aren't having to plan trips to the laundromat to do your laundry. However, there are things that can go wrong with your washing machine. One of the most common is that your washing machine hose bursts. That can lead to flooding in your house, which is very destructive.
Causes of Broken Water Hoses
There are several reasons why the washer hoses could start to leak.
Water hammer is one of the things that can cause your washer hose to leak or burst. Water hammer is caused by the pressure of water banging into the valve. When no valve is open, the water sits still in the pipe. Turning on the faucet starts the water flowing. The longer the faucet is on, the more water will be flowing through the system. Turning off the system only stops the water from flowing out of the tap, not through the pipes. The water bangs into the closed valve as it keeps flowing, trying to get through the pipe. That shock causes the pipes to bang into each other and can stress out the rubber hose and cause weaknesses.
Another reason that your washer hoses may leak or burst is because the rubber that makes up the hoses gets old. As rubber ages, it starts to break down. It gets harder and less flexible, and much easier to break.
Ways to Prevent Broken Rubber Hoses
There are a couple of ways that you can help to prevent broken rubber washer hoses.
One thing you can do is to replace the hoses on a regular basis. You can pick a time to change them, such as years that have a 5 or 0 at the end, leap year, or years that end in 3,6,or 9. Having a memory aid like that can help to make sure that you remember to change out the hoses.
Stainless Steel Braided Hoses
These are flexible metal hoses, made out of stainless steel cables that have been braided together. They attach to your washer and the faucets the same as the regular hoses do. They are a little more expensive, but they also tend to last longer than the rubber hoses do.
If you are worried about your washer hose bursting and flooding your house, knowing what could cause it and some things to prevent it will help you. To learn more, contact a company like Better Homes Appliance Service.