fh03sep_waslea_01-300x300One of the major causes of water damage is the rubber washing machine hose becoming old and worn out and/or cracked. A burst can cause significant damage to flooring throughout the entire house due to the amount of water that will be discharged.

These hoses should be replaced every 5 years. For $19.99, a stainless steel hose set can be purchased at Home Depot which is far less likely to crack than a rubber hose.