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Washing Machine Hose - Inspection and Replacement
The primary risk of a washing machine-related malfunction is a supply hose failure. However, there are ways for you to reduce this risk.

First Steps to Reducing the Risk
To reduce the risk of supply hose failure of your washing machine:
Conduct monthly inspections of the hot and cold washing machine supply lines. Signs that the supply hose may be ready to fail include blisters in the hose, worn tubing, stress cracks or a loose connection.
Tighten the connection if it feels loose. Replace the supply hose if it shows any sign of wear.
The most common site of failure is near the connection where the hose bends.
Make sure your washing machine is at least 4 inches from the wall to prevent the hoses from bending and kinking. Some hoses have pre-formed metal elbows to prevent kinking.

Replace Old Supply Hoses
Be sure that you replace older hoses or hoses that have deteriorated. You can avoid the risk of a ruptured hose by following these guidelines:
Replace supply hoses every 3 to 5 years, even if there is no obvious deterioration or wear.
Some signs of deterioration may occur from the inside out and may not be visible until it is too late.
Replace all washing machine hoses every 3 to 5 years, regardless of the type of material the hose is made of which will help avoid a catastrophic water loss. Common materials include rubber and reinforced steel braided hoses.

Additional Steps to Follow
To further reduce the risk:
Turn off the hot and cold water supply valves when the machine is not in use and particularly if you will be away for several days.
Screw-type valves can be difficult to operate and may develop leaks around the shaft.
If a valve is not operating properly or is leaking, replace it immediately.
Install a dual ball valve lever-operated water shut-off valve. This type of valve is easier to operate than a traditional gate valve as it turns off both the hot and cold water supply with a single lever.
Follow the manufacturer's instructions to reduce the risk of other types of washing machine related water losses.
Never overload a machine, always use a detergent designed for this type of use.
Operate the washing machine only when someone is at home.

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You probably don't give much thought to the supply hose of your washing machine. However, if this hose breaks, you may have extensive water damage to your home. If you need to file a claim, our Customer Service Call Center is available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. At Farm Bureau Insurance, our local agents are here to help you get your life back on track as soon as possible.

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