5 Ways to Prevent Your Washing Machine From Leaking

You hear a loud, steady pouring noise coming from inside your house. You look outside just in case to check for rain, discovering that it’s a bright sunny day. Realizing the source of the sound is the laundry room, you hurry there to investigate the strange noise only to discover a pool of water seeping underneath the door. Your washing machine has sprung a leak. If you have a lot of clothing in your machine, these leaks might be frustrating; but even if your clothes are unharmed, that wet floor is an annoyance.

Finding out that your washing machine is leaking may be very inconvenient, but there are several simple methods to avoid it. United Water Restoration Group of Orlando has some washing machine leak prevention techniques to share with you that can help prevent this from happening in the future.


1. Excess Laundry Detergent

Putting too much detergent in the wash does not always guarantee that your clothes will be cleaner. Too much soap in the wash will result in an increase in suds. If sudsy water continuously runs into the overflow line, there is a possibility of soap accumulating inside the overflow tube. Water-softeners can cause increased suds, which might lead to an even worse residue-caused overflow backup.

A leak can develop if there is continuous residue accumulation in this line. There’s a danger of a leak from this overflow tube if there is a continual buildup of detergent in the line. Simply using less detergent can preserve the overflow tube from leaking.

Tip: You don’t need to use as much detergent as recommended on your container. Using less is preferable for your wash. To prevent residue build-up, simply use a little less than the indicated amount.


2. Washing Machine Overload

Leaks are very common when you fill your washing machine with too many items. When garments are drenched in water, they become heavier because of them being saturated. This heaviness can cause the device to shake about, making hoses and connections come free and leak on the floor as a result of the extra weight.

While a “jumping” washer is clearly harmful and might leak, it may also harm the surface on which it stands. For additional information on load restrictions, check your washer’s user guide manual. This is another simple precaution against a washing machine leak if you keep an eye on it.

Tip: Run the washer with no clothes or detergent on a quick cycle. If the leak stops, it’s an indication that the problem is related to overfilling your washer.


3. Lint Backup

Yes, lint, which is made of fibers, can cause your washing machine to clogs. Lint comes off of garments in both the wash and dryer. Lint will flow down the drain if you put a washing machine in your bathroom. Consider how much hair builds up in a bathtub. After time, the clogging will make the tub drain slower, causing it to back up. This is comparable to how lint accumulation can make your washer drain either slower or not at all.

Some machines do not regulate the outflow effectively, making the hose connection to become a potential leak if they drain into the backed-up source. You may buy a lint trap that can be inserted into the hose and capture debris as it flows out. This might be done every month to regulate the hoses, saving you money from a water disaster.

Some washing machines come with lint traps already installed. They may be found in top-loading machines, where you add the liquid softener. Lifting up the top center section exposes the trap. This should be cleaned regularly as well.

Tip: The majority of the lint produced by your washing machine can be caught using a floating lint collector.


4. Clean the Door

If you have a front-loading washer, clean the door seal with vinegar on a regular basis. Vinegar is non-abrasive and can be used to clean any number of surfaces. The rubber gasket seals may accumulate mold and mildew over time. When this happens, the seals might break down over time, causing water to leak onto the floor in front of the washing machine.


5. Connections and Hoses

If the washing machine outlet is broken, try replacing it. Water seeping out of the hose near the outlet can cause massive damage to the wall and floors. Make sure your water-filling connections, which go from the wall to the machine and vice versa, are in good working order. Any leaks here will cause water to flow out to the floor, which will harm the surrounding environment. If you haven’t changed your hoses in a long time, consider investing in braided nylon hoses with copper or stainless steel fittings.

If a connection or hose breaks, all of the water in the machine will flow out onto the floor. This is why it’s critical to keep your washing machine clean. A leak like this can cause a lot of damage to the area and necessitate professional extraction.

Tip: Washing machines usually last 8-10 years, making the connection hoses last around this long too.


If My Washing Machine Leaks, Where Should I Go?

It is critical to keep your washing machine in good working order. If a leak does occur, the pool of water might cause water damage. Only use your washing machine when you are at home. There’s no way to stop water from pouring out once a leak occurs when you are away from home. Only utilize these when you’re at home, therefore potential water damage can be minimal so someone is home to stop a leak from occurring.

There are washing machine leak detectors with automatic shut-off features. These might come useful if something goes wrong with the water flow. Washing machines have an average lifespan of eight to ten years. We recommend examining your washing machine regularly when it is nearing the end of its life span.

Water damage is a problem that affects many residents. Leaks happen, causing water damage to your home. If water damage is spotted, we are here to help recover the loss and restore your property to brand new condition. Give our water damage experts a call at (407) 278-7715 to restore any possible damage spotted.

Also, read our blog on the hazards of dryer lint buildup!

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