Fix It Anyway

By Vivian Daywood • February 27th, 2012

“If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” is certainly popular advice, but if you’ve ever had a serious plumbing leak, you certainly wished you had taken care of the problem earlier.

Washing machines, like all appliances, are supposed to work and when they don’t, it’s time to have them fixed or replaced. However, there is a critical connection from your water supply that may even be older than your washing machine itself.

As someone whose hose broke while my family was out of town, I can attest to how quickly the water can damage walls, and possessions.  In my case the only saving grace in this lesson was that my utility room is located in the garage – typical for the age of my home – and most the of the damage was confined to the utility room and garage.  Almost anyone can replace the hoses with a pair of pliers for under $30.00 to avoid this potential catastrophe.

As you’re shopping for the replacement hoses, consider the braided stainless steel connectors. The advantage is that the stainless steel offers additional protection should a soft spot develop in the hose beneath. They’ll cost a little more but offer considerably more protection for a nominal price.

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