Back in the 70's the ruptured toilet line happened to my boss while he
was on vacation - in that case the repair cost was under $4K.
In our case the insurance co. paid the company that did the cleanup
about $8K, then paid another company $3K or $4K to do some of the work I
couldn't handle, and paid me another $14.5K to settle the claim. We
used the money to upgrade to engineered hardwood flooring to replace
carpeting in the bedrooms, living room, back hall and family room, and
ceramic tile to replace vinyl in the bathrooms. We did all the
installation and painting ourselves.
A couple of years ago went on a 3 day vacation. Opened the front door and
was greeted to the sound of running water. Toilet flapper had a small leak
and when the water got low enough it refilled. One time the shutoff valve
(float) stuck and the water never stopped running. Most was handled by the
overflow tube and the rest came out the flush handle. Result--Two full
bathrooms completely wiped out (one below the other), the bottom one right
down to the bare studs including the tile floor. Total cost: $25,000, I
paid $200 deductable. Now, even for overnight, I shut off the water
supply--just the simple flip of a ball valve where the water enters the
For almost 4 months--washed in the kitchen sink, showered in the up
bathroom (tub) and used the toilet in the down bath.
Never say Never!
Why not? Hoses fail regardless of their rating. Ever hear of water hammer?
Every time you turn off your faucet there is some transient pressure spike
in your system. At some point in time there is always the potential of a
hose failure after it has been subjected to (weakened by) these high
pressure pulses. Get yourself a single lever Watts valve. Gas line is
under low pressure but what's the harm in shutting off the supply to the
dryer/ I have a ball type valve in the line right next to the dryer.
They are exactly what you described and also inexpensive. One quick
motion and the water is off. Those valves have become really common in
the past maybe 15 years or so. I don't think I have ever seen new
construction or remodeling where they weren't used. The local real
supply house has them in the area right behind the counter with the
other commonly sold stuff.
Exactly, if you're handy you can put it in yourself. As noted below--a one
finger flip and both the hot and cold water are shutoff. A real cheap
solution- All these guys who say "Never" are going to eat their words one
Yes, it is a good idea. The metal braided lines will last longer than
the rubber hoses. I installed a one-lever shut off valve, about $20.
The gas line should have a shut off value nearby, but it is not
necessary to close off this (low-pressure) valve.
There may be some truth in it. But in my whole life I never did that and
never experienced bursted hose. Anyway our washer is located in the
basement right next to floor drain if it ever bursts. If you think about
gas dryer, how about gas fire place, gas range, gas furnace, list goes on.
Thanks for the reminder, its time to replace my 11 year old hoses. A
good stainless steel hose under 5 years old should not require the
hassle of getting under the laundry tub to turn a valve every time you
want to do the laundry. But watch out when they get old.
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