anytime plumbing
14 Jul

Identifying the Source of that Water Puddle in Your Laundry Room

Finding a puddle of water in your laundry closet/room can be very annoying.  However, if you’ve noticed that you are frequently mopping up water in that room, this could be caused by a variety of plumbing issues.  In order for washers and dryers to continually perform well over time, they require regularly scheduled preventative maintenance.  In some instances, hoses or the washing machine will start leaking.  So, whenever this happens, it’s important to identify the source of the leak and call Anytime Plumbing of Santa Cruz come repair it.

How can I determine the location of the leak?

The first thing you need to do is to try and determine where the leak is coming from.  In most cases, your washing machine is the culprit.  Even if the appliance is running, the water may not be coming from inside of it.  We suggest checking the hoses and any of the connections found behind the washing machine first.  Check the shut-off valve as well.  Unfortunately, in some cases, you just need to replace an aging washer.  Here are a few steps that will help you identify the potential source of the leak:

  • Back of the washer – leaks that occur behind a washing machine can be difficult to spot.  If you have an older appliance, the drain hose may be clogged, has come loose, or wasn’t plugged in securely.  In order to prevent any damage, call Anytime Plumbing of Santa Cruz to inspect everything.
  • Front of the washer – the most common and easily identifiable leak will come from the front of a washing machine.  One of the reasons for this type of leak could be because you’ve put too much detergent in the washer or it’s overloaded with clothing or towels.
  • Under the washer – because your washing machine is comprised of numerous parts, pipes, and storage areas, there are multiple places where it can start leaking.  If the leak appears to be underneath the washer, this could mean there’s a hole in the pump and you should call Anytime Plumbing of Santa Cruz immediately.

My washing machine is overflowing!  What do I do?

If you have water everywhere and it appears that your washing machine is overflowing, it probably means you have a problem with the pressure switch or valve.  This is far worse than a leak.  So, you should contact us immediately.  These types of major spills can jeopardize the components of a washing machine as well as its operation.  The cost to repair some parts such as the motor can be extremely expensive. Thus, it is best to call in our plumbing experts when you first see the signs of a leak.

What causes a washing machine to leak?

In many cases, leaks are caused because plumbing fixtures are old and have exceeded their lifespan.  Despite the fact that they still work, they no longer work as efficiently as they once did.  Eventually, you get to a point where you’re just wasting your energy, money, and time on an appliance that has outlived its usefulness.  There are a number of reasons why washing machines start to leak.  The following is a list of the 5 most common causes that the specialists at Anytime Plumbing are experienced at repairing:

  • clogged or plugged floor drain
  • corroded or rusted external supply hoses
  • cracked or perforated internal supply hoses
  • cracked or ripped boot or tub seals
  • malfunctioning or worn out drain or water pump

If you’ve noticed that your washing machine is leaking, don’t hesitate to call us so we can repair the problem and prevent any further damage to your home. We offer standard and 24/7 emergency plumbing services because we know that a leak can spring anytime, without warning.

How do I prevent leaks in my laundry room?

While the source of water damage may be always apparent where your laundry room is concerned, it’s always a good idea to do what you can to avoid these types of mishaps.  As with any appliance, the secret to efficient operation and an extended longevity is always preventative maintenance.  Here are 5 tips for preventing leaks in your laundry room:

  • Check all of the supply lines to your washing machine regularly
  • Check for clogs and debris in the laundry sink
  • Inspect the laundry drain and filter frequently
  • Perform regularly scheduled preventative maintenance
  • Set your laundry room up for optimal flood prevention

If you are having issues with leakages at your house, don’t ignore it because it will only amplify the problem. However, we are right here to assist you so don’t forget to call us.

For additional information regarding laundry room leaks or to schedule an inspection of your laundry room, contact Anytime Plumbing today. Call us now!

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