Flooded Basement Caused By Washing Machine
Flooded basements are quite common in most any home, with 98% of all basements pretty much guaranteed to experience some form of water damage at some point. The problem is bad enough on its own, since enough rainfall around your home during a given span of time can saturate the ground and cause excess water to flow into your basement. The problem can be made worse, though, if your washing machine is located in your basement.
Washing machines rank in the top 10 causes of water damage in the United States, costing an average of $5000 per claim after the deductible has been paid out. In most cases, the supply hose was the culprit, and most cases occurred with machines that were around ten years old.
Washing machines can cause damage in a number of ways. They may overflow as the result of too much detergent, cleaner, or a blockage in the drain filters. The incoming or outgoing connections may also fail, sending great amounts of water out across your floor in a very short period of time. The result is a flooded basement.
Always believing that a good defense is a great offense, it is recommended that washing machines be checked regularly for any signs of weakness or potential failures. If the hoses are blistered, warped, or in any way cracked, or if the connection is loose, that is a sure sign that the assembly is about to fail.
Tighten any connection that has become loose, since broken connections are the leading cause of washing machine related water damage.
Hoses should be replaced with heavy duty reinforced steel braided hoses for maximum performance and resistance to wear and tear.
Hoses should be replaced every five years or so, even if you cannot find any indication of wear. Remember that some wear may occur from the inside out and thus not become visible until the damage is done.
If the damage has already been done, the machine will most likely need to be moved in order to clean up the water than has spilled and gathered under it. Remember in any case of water damage it is of the utmost importance to dry out every affected surface. Failure to do so will lead to subsequent problems such as mold.
Be sure the water is shut off during this time, or you will only succeed in bringing more water into the damaged area. Begin the drying and restoration process immediately to avoid more problems.
Also, to avoid water damage in the first place, never overload a machine, and be sure the detergent used is of the correct type for the machine and type of materials being cleaned. Always make sure someone is at home when the washing machine is in use in order to be able to catch any problems that may arise.