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What Do I Do If My Washing Machine Leaks? Causes and Fixes

12/3/2022 (Permalink)

soap coming from a broken washing machine. Even though leaking washing machines are a common issue, diagnosing them can be challenging.

Causes and Fixes of Washing Machine Leaks

Leaking washing machines are a common problem, but they can be tricky to diagnose. Luckily, we're here with the help you need. We've broken down all the possible causes of leaks and how to handle them. You'll learn how to figure out what's causing your leaky machine and what might be wrong with it, too.

What Is Causing My Washing Machine to Leak? 

First and foremost, it is important to remember that there are many different causes for a washing machine leak. That being said, there are several things you can do to identify and correct the problem.

Check if your washer has a dripping faucet or loose hose connections. If so, replace them immediately! The water pressure from those sources could have been enough to cause leaks in other parts of your house as well.

Inspect all hoses and connections for signs of wear and tear: cracked or brittle hoses should be replaced immediately; loose connections may also lead to leaks if left unattended.

Fill hoses are especially susceptible to wear and tear over time! If there are no visible signs of damage on these hoses, try reattaching them with new clamps or hose clamps; this could solve issues with leaky fill hoses without having to replace them completely. 

Check all valves on any water supply lines coming into your house (both inside and outside). They might be damaged or malfunctioning without you even knowing it. If one appears damaged by rust or corrosion, then replace it right away before any more damage can occur inside your home's walls or plumbing system. These kinds of damages could end up costing thousands of dollars down the line when repairs become necessary.

Check the drain pump: The washing machine has a pump that pushes water out of your house so that it doesn’t flood and damage anything around it. If this is broken or damaged, then water will continue to leak from your washing machine even after you turn it off because of gravity pressure from above. To fix this problem, simply replace any parts if needed (like an impeller) and reassemble after cleaning everything off. 

What Should You Do If Your Washing Machine Is Leaking?

Here's what you should do if your washing machine is leaking:

  • Turn off the water supply to your washing machine. Only turn it back on when you're ready to use it again.
  • Remove the washing machine from its place in the flooring, if possible. Also remove any other items that might be affected by water leakage, like dishwashers or ovens.
  • Replace any worn-out or damaged parts of your machine that may be causing leaks

Hopefully, this article has helped you get to the bottom of your leaking washing machine. Whether it's a simple fix or something more involved, it's good to know what's going on with your machine and what steps you can take to fix it. If you can’t DIY a fix for your washing machine, it is important to call a professional! If your leak has damaged your home, call a restoration professional for all your water damage cleanup and restoration needs.

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