Braided Stainless-Steel Washing Machine Hoses - Best Update You Can Do!
Whenever an inspector sees rubber hoses supplying water to a washing machine, particularly on an upper floor, they recommend to the buyer that they upgrade those supply lines to Braided Stainless-Steel Washing Machine Hoses. When I first heard this (years ago), of course I went home and changed out my lines to my lower level washing machine. After all, who wants a flooded basement?
A few weeks ago I saw first hand the reason that spending about $35 or less can be the best update to stainless steel that a seller or buyer could possibly do. I arrived at a home that I was showing, and we walked the yard before going inside. The family I was touring really liked the neighborhood and the yard, plus the outside looked great. Let's just hope the inside would measure up!
I opened up the lockbox and opened the front door--anticipation was high. Unfortunately, it looked like Niagra Falls had decided to take up residence in this lovely home. Water was almost to the front door. I immediately called the listing agent who told me where the water main could be located. I waded through the house (literally) and shut down the water and the hot water heater as it was going nonstop. I then did a little investigation. The second floor laundry room washing machine hoses had burst. The second floor was flooded. The first floor was flooded. The basement was flooded. $35 worth of Stainless-Steel Washing Machine Hoses could have saved this house.
We locked up the house and headed off to our next showing. Later that day I got a call from the listing agent thanking me profusely for notifying her and stopping the water flow as quickly as I did. She had already called in a water emergency repair company, and they were getting right to work. She said there was $7,000 worth of damage. $35 worth of Stainless-Steel Washing Machine Hoses could have saved the homeowners $7,000.
Chris K. Canfield
REALTOR®, ABR, CRS, e-PRO, GREEN, SRES
REALTOR®, e-PRO, SRS