"An Ounce of Prevention": As trite as this old adage is, there is so much wisdom in it, as we learned from a "waterfall" which greeted us as we returned to our months old house, after having been out for a few hours one evening. Water was literally cascading down the steps from the rear entry of the house. The source? One of the hoses from our washing machine had split and the water was rushing out all over the laundry room, breakfast room, kitchen and into the dining room.
Many insurance companies send out reminders on maintenance of household items. BUT don't replace the hose with rubber again, get the flex hose suggested for water lines and washers. Thing is, the cost is very minimal and compare the damage cost if you DON'T, just buy it. My son just bought a 30 yr old house, the bank, insurance insisted that the washer have the flex hose besides all the CO Detector, smoke alarms and GFI outlets established prior to final signing of loans.
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