Your laundry room is one of the most used rooms in any home.  The average American family washes well over 300 loads of clothes each year.  This also accounts for a significant amount of the water used in your home.

Here are 4 tips to ensure your laundry room continues to run efficiently and doesn’t become a headache requiring costly clean up or the replacement of an expensive appliance.

  1. Wash Full Loads – Every washing machine is different, and they can vary from 12 to up to 40 gallons of water per load. If you’re doing small loads, you’re wasting a lot of water.  Also, it’s a good idea to wash and dry similar items such as whites, or towels, sheets, and colors together.  In this way you’ll make the best of use of your appliances, save money on your water bill and not overwork your appliances.
  2. Keep Your Drains Clean – It’s important that your washing machine drain properly. Lint can build up and prevent the proper flow of water so that in worst case scenarios your washer may not be draining at all.  To prevent this, it’s important to keep your drain filters clean always.  Depending on your appliance the drain filter may be in the front or back of the machine.  You may also have to clean the P-trap by accessing the clean-out valve.  This will also prevent any odors from making their way back into your laundry room.
  3. Ensure Your Hoses are in Proper Working Order – The hot and cold-water hoses at the back of your washing machine will age over time. It’s important to periodically inspect these hoses.  Look for signs such as bulging or cracks.  This is the precursor to a burst hose which can lead to expensive water damage to your home’s walls and flooring.  Hoses should be replaced every 4 or 5 years.  If you can afford it, upgrade to stainless hoses which will last much longer and are less likely to burst.
  4. Install a Water Alarm Sensor – A water alarm or sensor valve is a device that attaches to the water source and has a sensor located on the floor. If it detects water, it will shut off the water automatically.  The Clean Plumbers can install this device and give you peace of mind that you’ll never experience flooding due to a burst hose or leaks.

If you need a professional to assess your laundry rooms plumbing or you feel it would be a good idea to install a water alarm sensor, call the professionals at The Clean Plumbers for plumbing solutions you can count on.