When You Have A Washing Machine Flood San Diego

Did you know that  washing machine flood-related failures are one of the top 10 leading sources of residential water losses?  These failures cost an average of $5,308 per incident after the homeowners insurance deductible was paid.  Most of these claims came from water supply hose failures, but other causes included overflow (too many suds), drain failure, machine leak, or a broken internal component.  So what do you do if your washing machine causes a flood in your San Diego home?  

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The mess and the cost of a washing machine flood can be very expensive.  Per load, conventional washers consume at least 30 gallons of water. (Energy Star-rated ones use around 10 to 20 gallons).

 

Make Safety a Priority

Water can seep from different parts of your washing machine – beneath the base, as well as the back of the unit, etc. As soon as you spot a leak, stop the electrical power supply to the washer at the fuse box or circuit breaker.  Do not attempt to unplug the machine as the exposed cord could potentially result in an electric shock. Neither should you press the “stop” or “cancel” button as this could start the drain cycle, making things even worse.  Be mindful of your footing as sudsy water is slippery.  Mop floodwater only after you’ve cut the power supply off.

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You might have to work your way with an airtight door if you have a conventional type washing machine. To unlock, turn the timer knob or simply refer to the owner’s manual.  Wear rubber gloves as the standing water may be hot.  Place wet clothes in a bucket and ring out over the sink.

Check Hoses

Gain access to the hoses by pulling the washer away from the wall. Look for leaking hose connections. Tighten the connections for both hot and cold water. Make sure that the drain hose (usually found in the center of the hot and cold supply hoses), is secured.  If it isn’t secure, use a short wire to prevent slipping.

Test

Once you’ve tightened hoses and taken out excess water, restore electrical power. Test the machine out.  Do not add any dirty laundry and detergent just yet.  Test out a regular wash or rinse only cycle. The machine may drain the standing water (water that had been left by the previous cycle) automatically.  Always refer to your instruction manual.

Be sensible. Avoid filling up your machine with too many clothes. Crammed conventional top-loaders easily lose balance. Use detergent that isn’t too sudsy.