A failure at 70 pounds of pressure can disgorge up to 650 gallons of water per hour. The problem is that most washing machine hoses are poorly constructed and offer very little in the way of protection. The key is to understand why hoses fail. Contrary to popular perception, hoses do not simply burst due to high water pressure. They wear out.
Steps you can take to prevent hose failures
- Regularly inspect your washing machine hoses;
- Make sure there are at least 4 inches of clearance between the water connection and the back of the washing machine. This space will help reduce the chances that the hose will kink.
- Make sure your connections are secure.
- Shut off your hoses when not in use. You can either shut them off manually each time, or install an automatic washing machine shutoff valve, such as the Watts Intelliflow or Floodstop.
- Never leave your washer on when you are asleep or out of the house.
It’s all preventable, if not predictable.