My Maytag manual says to replace washer water hoses
every five years. I presume they are talking about
those all rubber hoses.
Does this five year replacement plan also apply
to my (expensive) stainless steel mesh reinforced hoses?
I would think that would depend on your water supply pressure. I'm on a
well pump that ranges from 30 to 50 lbs. I know some city water
pressures can be 80 and above lbs. That shock pressure when the fill
valves cut off can vary greatly. I've seen those cheap rubber hoses go
15 or 20 years without any problem.
I've been through one broken-toilet flood (an office) and one
washer-hose flood. Got our
stainless hoses and would gladly replace them every five years. We were
at home when
the old washer hose let go and even so there was a great deal of water.
Flooded dining room
and newly remodeled kitchen. Hubby made a mad dash to rental store for
a shop vac,
so we got the water up almost immediately. If we had been away from
home, even for a
few hours, it would have been a disaster.
Petey and momma go away for a romantic weekend in the mountains; washing
machine hot water inlet hose lets go Friday night at 745 PM. Unattended and
undiscovered, water level rises and rises and rises until it reaches
electrical switch in washer (or other basement tool/appliance) causing
short/spark which starts big fire. Local fire department responds at 3:53 AM
but unable to contain fire that burns house down.
Sure hope y'all enjoyed the percale sheets, Champaign and strawberries;-)
I would install a auto shut off valve , turns off water unless washer
is running, install new stainless hoses and foreget about it.
if we have a major water line break the water will soon spill out the
garage door asnd run down the street. thats assuming the basement
floor drain clogs and the sump pump gets overwhelmed.
our basement isnt finished..
If you're going to install an automatic shutoff, rather than get one
that handles only the washer, I'd recommend looking into the whole
house ones. They use a central AC powered shutoff on the main and
wireless water sensors for ANY place you want to protect. The
sensors can be AC and/or battery powered. There are advantages and
disadvantages to each approach. The obvious advantage to the whole
house device is that you can then very easily protect the water
heater, ice maker, etc. With the washing machine only type, you've
only protected one location.
There is also a unit that just goes on the main and intelligently
monitors the water flow. It can be programmed to cut off the flow
under varying parameters. For example, if there is even a slow draw
of water that continues for more than X minutes, it will cut the flow
off. There are varieties of the above devices that will also
interface to alarm system, the internet, etc so that you can be
On Nov 19, 8:37 am, email@example.com wrote:
re: There are varieties of the above devices that will also interface
to alarm system, the internet, etc so that you can be notified.
Great. So if I'm off on that romantic weekend that Sharped Dressed Man
wrote about, and I'm engaged in some sort of romantic "activity", I
can get a text that my washer is leaking. Talk about setting the mood.
Unlike most folks, I always turn off the water to the house if I'm away
for more than the afternoon. As for the water levels, in one house the
washer is in the unfinished basement with a grade level garage door, so
the water level could never get over 1/4" on concrete. In the other
house the washer is off the kitchen, on a tiled floor in slab-on-grade
construction, with door thresholds, the water might reach 1/2" before
flowing over the threshold into the garage and out the garage door.
Well Pete, you sure seem like the kind of guy who spends all his spare time
remembering to jug the washer shut off valve every time he leaves the house,
turning it back on when he gets home and running around the basement with a
tape measure and a T-square checking clearances and sighting drain angles.
Tell ya' what-- while you're spending all your spare time doing all that,
bet I could talk your wife into going to the mountains with me for the
weekend;. She'd probably appreciate some attention for a change;-)
Both hoses are rubber, mainly. Either is apt to fail in 5 years or so...the
main difference is the stainless wrapped version will start with a leak that
you "may" notice before too much damage is done and the all rubber version
will suddenly blow with drastic consequences (flooding).
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