How To Prevent A Flood From A Washing Machine?

September 26, 2022

Having an upstairs laundry room continues to be a preferred feature for many people. As opposed to having a laundry machine in the basement, being able to complete laundry in the bedrooms can add a lot of convenience and help you avoid having to carry heavy bags of laundry up and down the stairs each day. While there are advantages that come with having laundry upstairs, there are also additional risks. One risk is that there will be a leak, burst hose, or other water issues that could cause significant flooding and interior damage. Fortunately, there are tips that can help you avoid and manage these situations. 

React Immediately If You See a Leak

If you do see some form of leak from your upstairs laundry, it is important that you react immediately. You should always know where the main water valves to your home are located. You also should know how to turn off the water to your washing machine. By turning off all of these valves, you can stop the leak from continuing and help to minimize damage. If you are able to clean up the water with towels quickly, you could even avoid any seepage into the lower levels. 

Use Quality Parts

It is also important that you invest in quality equipment and parts for your laundry machine. You should look for washing machines that have built-in features that can help to prevent flooding in the drum of the washing machine. It is also important to ensure that you invest in quality hoses and fasteners as severe flooding from burst hoses can be common. By getting a quality hose, you can reduce the likelihood of a leak developing. 

Install Other Safety Measures

Another tip you can follow that can help you reduce the likelihood of a flood due to a laundry machine is installing additional safety features that can prevent flooding. One solution that can help you avoid flooding from your laundry machines is to invest in an automatic shutoff valve. When you properly install an automatic shutoff valve, it can help to identify if there is a leak and then turn the water off accordingly.

Never Leave Machines Running When Leaving Home

You also can help to reduce the risks of experiencing a massive flood by not using machines when you are away from home. Generally, it is always a good idea to only run appliances that use water when you are at home. If something happens and there is a leak, being home will allow you to turn off the water before it becomes a larger problem. 

If you have an upstairs washing machine, a bad flood can cause serious damage to your home. Fortunately, there are ways that you can prevent a flood from occurring. By following these tips, you can reduce the likelihood of a flood and you will be able to avoid having to make serious repairs. 

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