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What to Do When Your Washing Machine Floods

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

There’s never truly an opportune time for our washing machines to break, so when they do, it can cause quite a headache. The hoses and seals inside washing machines can break and cause flooding at any given moment, so when it floods, the machine must be repaired quickly and the surrounding area must be cleaned quickly in order to protect against the harmful effects of water damage.

As soon as you become aware that the washer is flooding, unplug the washer and turn off the water in order to keep any more water from flooding and to prevent the water and electricity from reacting during cleanup. Remember to also remove the clothes that were inside of the machine during the flood from the machine before starting to clean up. Eliminate any standing water with towels, a mop, or a wet water vacuum depending on what is available to you. Once the standing water has been removed, dry the area by opening windows or turning on fans or dehumidifiers. Repair and replace items that were harmed or destroyed during the flood. Among the items that typically need to be replaced are carpets and drywall. Be sure to sanitize the area before returning to business as usual. 

In order to prevent the washing machine from flooding again, do not pour an excessive amount of detergent into the machine. Too much detergent can cause suds to form and overflow from the washing machine and cause flooding. Monitor the condition of the machine’s hoses, as corrosion can signify that they may be on the verge of breaking. If this seems to be the case, exercise extreme caution when running loads of laundry until they can be repaired. Keep an eye on the state of the drain line as well, since the washer can flood if the drain becomes clogged.

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