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The efficiency of washers and dryers make them an essential part of the modern household. But these appliances can also cause serious damage. The good news is that the simple tips below can protect your home from washer-dryer mishaps.

How to Prevent Dryer Fires

The high heat of a clothes dryer can ignite lint or other flammable materials. It’s estimated that in an average year, dryers start 15,500 fires, causing nearly $100 million dollars worth of property damage.  To prevent fires…

  1. Clean the filter screen after each use, and wash it every 6 month
  2. Never leave your house or go to bed with your dryer running.
  3. Keep your external vent clean and free from lint.
  4. Use only approved dryer ducts and always vent them to the outdoors.
  5. Do not use screws to put your dryer duct together as they collect lint.
  6. Keep the area around the dryer clean.

Keeping the Water Inside Your Washer

Washing machines are one of the top 10 sources of unwanted water discharge in homes, and failure of the supply hose accounts for more than half of these losses—at an average cost of over $5,000. The primary cause? Hoses deteriorate over time and may leak or burst. To avoid hose failures…

  1. Check the hoses for signs of wear or weakness at every change of season, or at least annually. Look for small blisters or kinks in the hose which could rupture.
  2. Make sure your hoses have enough room to prevent kinks, which will weaken them.
  3. If you can’t remember how old the hoses are, replace them immediately. Otherwise, replace every five years. High-pressure, metal-mesh hoses will last longer.
  4. Always shut off the water valves to the hoses when the washer is not in use.
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