Check Appliance Hoses to Prevent Costly Repairs

Appliance hose leaks can cause costly water damage to your home

Appliance hose and pip  leaks can mean big (expensive) trouble. Water damage from cracked hoses, failing pipes, and leaking fixtures, cause over 50% of all property damage reported to insurance companies annually.

The American Insurance Association reported during a two-year period that water leaks in homes resulted in property loss totaling to $9.1 billion nationwide. The typical invoice total to repair the damage caused by appliance water hose leaks can average over $20,000.

If your water feed lines are connected with rubber hose, you are at risk. The lifespan of a rubber hose is typically two to five years. Because these hoses are under constant water pressure, they are prone to hose leaks and may even burst. Over time these leaks not only cause water damage, they often can cause a mold as a result. Routinely inspecting your appliance and plumbing hoses can significantly reduce your chances for water damage or mold growth in your home. Any hose with bulging, fraying, corrosion, or if the hose appears to be brittle, you should replace it immediately.

You can replace your appliance’s rubber hose with ones made of steel braid. These hoses are the least likely to burst and do not have to be replaced as frequently as rubber hoses. No-burst hoses are rubber hoses encased in metal sleeves in order to prevent flooding if the rubber should crack or break. These hoses are available at your local home improvement store. If you are not comfortable replacing the hoses yourself, your local plumber will gladly install for you.


If you do suspect a leak, be sure you know where your water shut of valve is for both the appliance and for your home. Appliances like refrigerators and washing machines typically have their own valves, but just in case you cannot reach it, you should know where your home’s shut off valve is. Shut off valves are typically located in garages or along outside walls of your home. Note: if you turn off the valve, the water will be shut off to the entire house.