Why and How Do Washing Machine Hoses Fail?
- Even if installed properly, they will eventually fail.
- Old and weak hoses are prone to burst.
- Improper installation can lead to leaks.
- A burst hose will spill 650 gallons of water per hour.
- At 650 gallons per hour, that is 6 gallons per minute or 2.5 tons of water per hour.
- If the burst occurs when the building is unoccupied or at night, the damage will be extensive.
Standard Black Hoses
- The connections on the end of the standard black hoses are prone to fail.
- “Razoring” is a term that refers to the connection of the hose ends becoming worn and sharp by the movement of the water and eventually cuts itself causing leaks or ruptures.
- “Stress Fractures” are caused by the crimping of the connections to the rubber hose. The connection is weak and eventually ruptures.
- “Rusting” of the connectors makes them weak and prone to failure.
Braided Stainless Steel Hoses
- These are designed to be a reliable replacement for black hoses but can fail also.
- Corrosion can occur when the stainless steel covering is exposed to the chemicals used to treat our water.
- The method of crimping the connectors to the hose creates a weak point that is also prone to failure.
Regularly Inspect Appliance Hoses
- Because hoses can leak or burst at any time, look for cracks, leaks, kinks, unraveling, and bulges.
- Check for rust, drips, moisture, and discoloration around the appliances and fittings.
- Be proactive and replace aging or defective hoses before disaster happens.