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A burst hose from a washing machine can wreak havoc on your laundry room and any possessions unfortunate enough to be in the path of the deluge. In fact, when it comes to water damage, busted washing machine hoses are one of the top culprits in home insurance claims.

Inspect washing machine hoses regularly to insure they’re secure, and have no cracks or signs of deterioration. Replace washing machine hoses every 3 to 5 years to keep them in good working order.

If your washing machine is connected to bare rubber hoses, you’re risking thousands of dollars’ worth of water damage. Under constant water pressure, these hoses are prone to leaks or even bursting. Replace these bare rubber hoses with REINFORCED RUBBER hoses. These hoses are reinforced with a braided rayon or polyester mesh to increase bursting strength. The label must say “reinforced”.

Better yet, replace your old rubber hoses with ones made from BRAIDED STAINLESS STEEL. According to, … “Washing machine hoses with external steel braided wire may be more costly (approx. $10) than rubber hoses (approx. $5) but have a lower failure rate.” Stainless steel braided hoses are made of a flexible plastic hose encased in a twisted, flexible mesh of stainless-steel wire so they last longer.

Remember that while anyone can perform these simple tips at home, there are some jobs that are best left to the professionals. Any plumbing job with which you are uncomfortable or do not have the necessary skills or experience warrants calling in Roberts Plumbing, Inc.