Laundry Hoses: A Cheap Upgrade to Protect Your Home

Rubber laundry hoses in front of a washing machine.

September 19, 2023

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Examina Inspections

Steel braided hoses for the win!

You may not think much about your laundry hoses, but they are actually one of the most common sources of water damage in homes. Rubber hoses can crack, burst, or leak over time, especially if they are exposed to high water pressure or temperature fluctuations. When that happens, you can end up with a flooded laundry room, or worse, water damage to your floors, walls, ceilings, or electrical systems.

That’s why I recommend that you replace your rubber laundry hoses with steel braided ones. Steel braided hoses are much more durable and resistant to wear and tear. They can withstand higher water pressure and temperature changes without breaking or leaking. They also last longer than rubber hoses, so you don’t have to worry about replacing them as often.

Replacing your rubber laundry hoses with steel braided ones is a relatively easy and inexpensive DIY project that can save you a lot of hassle and expense in the future. All you need are some basic tools, such as a wrench, a pair of pliers, and some teflon tape. You can find steel braided hoses at any hardware store or online. Just make sure you get the right size and length for your washer and dryer.

To replace your rubber laundry hoses with steel braided ones, follow these simple steps:

1. Turn off the water supply valves to your washer and dryer. You can usually find them behind or above the appliances.

2. Unplug your washer and dryer from the power outlets.

3. Disconnect the rubber hoses from the water supply valves and the washer and dryer. Use a wrench to loosen the nuts and a pair of pliers to grip the hoses. Be careful not to damage the valves or the appliances.

4. Drain any remaining water from the rubber hoses into a bucket or a sink.

5. Wrap some teflon tape around the threads of the water supply valves and the washer and dryer. This will help prevent leaks and make it easier to tighten the nuts.

6. Connect the steel braided hoses to the water supply valves and the washer and dryer. Make sure you match the hot and cold hoses correctly. Use a wrench to tighten the nuts securely, but not too tightly.

7. Turn on the water supply valves and check for any leaks. If you see any drips or hear any hissing sounds, turn off the valves and tighten the nuts some more.

8. Plug in your washer and dryer and test them out.

That’s it! You’ve just replaced your rubber laundry hoses with steel braided ones. You can now enjoy doing your laundry without worrying about potential water damage.

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