Why Is My Washing Machine Flooding?


January 27, 2017

Why Is My Washing Machine Flooding?

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Besides being a huge mess to clean up, having your washing machine overflow just once wastes a lot of water and hugely impacts your utilities bill.

There are several different factors that can cause a washing machine to rebel and flood your laundry room. Read through these to find your culprit:

A Burst Water Supply Line

Contrary to popular opinion, your washing machine doesn’t have to be running for the water supply line to burst. These water supply lines, typically made of PVC or rubber, are under constant pressure. Overtime, the constant pressure can cause these tubes to rot, crack, or rupture.

Replace old supply lines with no-burst ones made of braided stainless steel. Also, always turn your water off if you leave the house for 24 hours or more.

Internal Leaks and Buildup

If you’ve had your washing machine for 5 years or more, chances are there’s an internal build up of rust or calcium – especially if you have “hard” tap water. Additionally, there could be an internal leak that can’t be detected from outside the machine.

Unplug the washing machine, pull it away from the wall, and open the rear cabinet to inspect the inside of your washing machine. Damage and buildup typically occurs near the belt, the pump, and the pump hoses.

Do Your Research

Google for any manufacturer recalls or publicity on common problems with your machine. As long as your machine is still under warranty, you will be able to get a full refund and easily purchase a replacement.

Too Much Detergent

Did you know most people use way too much laundry detergent? Overloading the washing machine with detergent can not only cause build up, it can also be a source of flooding. A good rule of thumb is to halve the amount of detergent you currently use for a load. Feel like clothes aren’t coming out quite as clean? Slowly increase a tablespoon at a time until you’ve reached the optimal amount.