Prevent Water Damage From Your Washing Machine

We have discussed how water heaters are a leading cause of water damage in a home in previous blogs but did you know that washing machines are also a common cause of water damage?  The last thing you want to deal with while doing multiple loads of laundry is water leaking into your home.  So here are a few things you should know about water damage from your washing machine:

  • Avoid overloading your washing machine

Many people dislike doing the laundry so they tend to try and pack their washing machine to the brim!  Not only does this cause your clothes to come out less clean because the soap and water can’t properly move around and through all your laundry, but in older washing machines, you might select the wrong water level setting causing the washer to overflow.  New washers can sense the water level needed but this option might malfunction leaving you with a mess, so it is important whether you have an old or new washing machine to not “pack” your washing machine full to avoid costly water damage.

  • Put the recommended amount of soap into your machine

Every jug of laundry detergent has a recommended amount of liquid depending on the size of your load of laundry.  We have all seen what happens when you put too much detergent in your washing machine in the movies so we know what mess this mistake can make!  Remember to check the recommended amount on the back of your detergent and follow the instructions to avoid water damage.

  • Check your hoses

Hoses tend to get worn out as they age.  If you have an older washing machine, you should be checking your hose and hose hook-ups at least 2-3 times a year for slow leaks before large leaks cause water damage in your home.  If you notice that there has been a slow leak happening behind your washer for an extended period of time, then find a local water removal company to test the moisture levels behind your washer.  If you have excess moisture behind your washer then you might need your water removal expert to check the dry-wall, behind the baseboards, and under your flooring for moisture and mold growth.

The Pacific Dryforce team is passionate about helping you get your home back to normal after water damage.  If water removal is done poorly or incorrectly, it could lead to future mold growth that could be hazardous to your health which is why we make sure we use the right equipment and process to remove water from your home.  If your home has suffered from water damage in Coeur d’Alene, ID or Spokane, WA areas, call Pacific Dryforce today. We provide water removal services in the following Idaho cities: Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry, Rathdrum, Priest River, Spirit Lake, Athol, Hayden, Hauser Lake and we also proudly serve the Spokane, Washington area including but not limited to Spokane, Airway Heights, Newport, Mead etc.