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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Broken Washing Machine Water Line

Washing machines are one of the most common sources of water damage in the home, and the damage can be costly. Since each washing machine has multiple ways of causing water damage, many homeowners do not fully understand the risks, prevention options or cleanup options.

How your washing machine can cause water damage:  Supply hose leakage cause most washing machine water damage. Washing machine drainage issues can cause flooding. Internal leaks are also a common cause of washing machine water damage.

To prevent water damage from your washing machine, make sure to replace the washing machine intake hose every five years. Check your sewer line after a storm. Don’t overload your washing machine. Have your washing machine professionally installed to avoid water line pinches and drainage issues. Shut off the intake valve behind your washing machine at the first sign of trouble or shut off your home water main.

SERVPRO of High Point responded to an emergency call regarding a washing machine line breakage. This particular loss was due to a high volume of rain that had occurred over the past several days, causing the sewer line to back up into the washing machine line. The water ended up mitigating to the adjoining bathroom area. Due to the loss being a Category 3, involving sewage, all flooring, baseboards and toilet had to be taken up and replaced.