Because they are used so often, washing machines are particularly vulnerable to wear and tear, so every homeowner needs to be diligent in making sure they are kept in top working order. One of the most common issues you will face with a washing machine is a leak, which can be caused by many different things. Plenty of them can be avoided and fixed on your own, if you just know where to start.
When you are loading laundry into the washing machine, you need to make sure that the amount of clothing is not more than what the appliance can handle. If you overstuff it, then it can result in water leaking out and wasted. That is why it is so important for you to create nice even loads of laundry, so keep delicate items and heavier pieces separate, and only fill the washing machine to its intended capacity.
Another common reason for a leak is that the water supply hose has come loose in the back. The supply hose is essential to the machine, so the first thing you should do after noticing the leak is check the back of it to see if the hose has come loose or has a hole. If it can be tightened then do so immediately, or - as is often the case - it will need to be entirely replaced.
If there is an issue with a machine in your home or with your plumbing system that you cannot handle on your own, be sure to schedule an appointment with John C. Flood for our Arlington, VA plumbing services.