This could have easily been prevented with a $5.99 hose. Most folk's bill at the gas station in the morning is higher than that! It's good to replace them every 3-5 years but it's also important to inspect them every 90 days. When inspecting them be sure to not only check the washer connection but also the valves on the home as well. Many different circumstances can cause fill hoses to fail. Most generally the hose will develop a bulge or a blister near the barb fitting or metal coupling that attaches it to the washer. Here are some signs that your hose might be failing:
- A bulge or blister on the hose. Usually near the metal coupling that attaches to the washer.
- Rust build up on the metal couplings
- White lime or calcium build up on the metal couplings
The best thing you can do to prevent washing machine hose blow outs is to buy stainless steel braided hoses. These hoses have better strength and have a slightly longer lifespan.
Do yourself and your family a favor after you read this and inspect your hoses. You might be surprised at what you find!
If you're in our area and would like us to change your hoses for you, just give us a call at (260)724-3329 for a quote.