Washing machines are a very handy invention. They make laundry, which used to be a day-long project, into something that you can set and forget for an afternoon.
However, when washing machines break, they can cause quite a headache, especially for second-floor laundry rooms! A washing machine uses a considerable amount of water mid-cycle. You definitely want that to stay in the machine instead of flooding into your home!
What to do if Your Washing Machine Floods
If your washing machine has flooded, you’ll need to act quickly. Here’s what to do if your washing machine floods.
- Don’t pull the plug – yet! Remember that your washing machine uses electricity, and that standing or leaking water poses a very real risk of an electric shock. The first thing you’ll want to do is shut off the electricity from the circuit breaker.
- Don’t press the “Cancel” or “Stop” button. Doing so may cause the washing machine to automatically drain and spill more water into your laundry room.
- Use a mop, towels, or both to soak up as much water as possible. This step is crucial, as water damage wastes no time in spreading through walls and floors.
- Open windows to ventilate the laundry room, and set up a fan to circulate air and help speed up the drying process. If you have a dehumidifier, this is a good time to use it!
- Remove the clothes from the washer. Your clothes will probably be very heavy and wet, so make sure to have a large bucket close by to store them until your washing machine has been repaired.
- Remove the standing water from the washing machine basin. This is most easily done with a wet/dry vacuum. If you don’t have a wet/dry vacuum, however, you have two options. You can either drain the basin and clean up more water on the floor, or use a cup and bucket to remove the water manually.
- Sanitize your floors, and remove as much moisture as possible. This will help prevent mildew from taking hold.
- Check your washing machine hoses to determine if they are the source of the problem, and contact a technician if the problem is not apparent.
- It’s easy for moisture to get into difficult-to-reach places, as well as behind walls and under floors. Trapped moisture quickly leads to the development mold and mildew if not cleaned properly. That’s why it’s important to contact a professional cleaning service like Tidal Wave Response Atlanta!
Preventing Washing Machine Floods and Leaks
It’s easy to prevent washing machine floods and leaks. A little preparation will go a long way, and save you the hassle of gallons of soapy water getting everywhere!
- Don’t overload your washing machine. This is one of the main causes for washing machine leaks. Test if the leak was caused by an overload or another problem by running a cycle without clothing. If the area surrounding the washer is dry after an empty cycle, then load less clothes into each wash.
- Check the hoses on a regular basis, and replace them if there are signs of wear and tear.
- Install a flood protection device, such as an automatic flood detector or automatic shut-off valve. These will notify you immediately if your washing machine has started to flood. They will also stop water from flowing into your washing machine in the event of a burst hose or other mechanical problem.
- Set up a washer floor tray. These are basically large pans which catch any leaking or dripping water. They won’t prevent damage from a full-on leak, but they’ll stop the occasional drip from damaging your floor.
- If you’re going on vacation, shut off the water supply to the washing machine while you’re gone to prevent water pressure from building up in the hoses. This can also be done after every cycle for another measure of caution.
Tidal Wave Response Atlanta
If a late-night load of laundry has caused your washing machine to flood and soapy water is pouring into the hallway or soaking through the ceiling, call Tidal Wave Response Atlanta.
Our emergency hotline – (770) 693-4568 – is available 24/7! No matter the time of day, Tidal Wave Response is ready to help you with water leaks in your home. We guarantee to arrive at your Atlanta-area property in 30 minutes or less.