The plastic drain hoses in washing machines and dishwashers can become brittle with age. When installed in a single location, and not regularly moved or disturbed, the hoses can become stiff in position. Although the hose was fine before you move the appliance, flexing a stiff hose may result in a crack. This can result in anything from a small leak to a flooded house.
Things to look for are:
- Crackling noises when flexing the hose
- Stiff sections
- White stress marks between the ridges of the hose
If you’re worried about damaging the hose, just remember, it’s better for the hose to break in your hands than fill your house with water. And if the hose breaks while being flexed it needed to be replaced anyway. So pull, push and flex the hose until you’re confident it’s not going to cause you problems.
And no matter how confident you are that the hose is okay, always stick close by any appliance being used for the first time after a move. If it works okay the first time chances are nothing has been damaged in transit.
And if you need a hand or advice, call Washerman!