The Villages Florida Area Real Estate: Braided Stainless-Steel Washing Machine Hoses - Best Update You Can Do

Braided Stainless-Steel Washing Machine Hoses - Best Update You Can Do

Stainless-Steel Washing Machine Hoses - Best Update You Can Do!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.

 

 Mary-kay Canfield

REALTOR®, ABR, e-PRO, IMSD, SRES, SRS

Chris K. Canfield

REALTOR®, ABR, CRS, e-PRO, GREEN, SRES 

The Villages FL Area Real Estate

 

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Comments

Chris, what an experience. The cost of stainless steel hoses is minimal compared to water damage. I'm surprised the cost to repair is only $7,000.

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) over 5 years ago

Hi Pamela,

I have to admit that I thought the $7,000 repair was a rather low one after what I saw, but I guess that cleanup crew was able to get to it very quickly because I reported it so soon after it happened.  I hope, for the owner's sake, that it was just $7,000!

Posted by Mary-kay Canfield and Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in The Villages and Summerfield FL (REMAX Premier Realty - The Villages) over 5 years ago

Good advice for home owners.  A small cost can save thousands of dollars of risk.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) over 5 years ago

Yikes....now I need to go and check my hoses....hmmmm   that would be awful to walk into...glad you stopped the water as fast as you did!

Posted by Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady! (Keller Williams Realty Boise) over 5 years ago

Hi Roy - Thanks for stopping by!

Hi Deborah - It was an awful thing to see.  I hope I never have to experience anything like it again. 

Posted by Mary-kay Canfield and Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in The Villages and Summerfield FL (REMAX Premier Realty - The Villages) over 5 years ago

Chris, this is certainly a cautionary tale!  Tomorrow is Home Depot day for me!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 5 years ago

Hi Pat,  Thanks for stopping by!  By the way, I heard that the price tag for the repairs turned out to be a bit higher than the proposed $7,000.  Quite a bit higher.  I think you will appreciate your new braided stainless steel washing machine hoses as the best (and least expensive) insurance policy you ever purchased.

Posted by Mary-kay Canfield and Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in The Villages and Summerfield FL (REMAX Premier Realty - The Villages) over 5 years ago

That is a costly mistake to the homeowner - thank God CHRIS CANFIELD was there to the rescue!

I recently replaced my washing machine and of course the new braided stainless steel washing machine hoses weren't included in the price along with some other charges. I sighed and rolled my eyes. The astute salesman looked at me and said, old hoses don't last forever and when they fail, and they will fail, you'll be glad you did the right thing.

Chris, your story, along with your exemplary services of going above and beyond deserves high praises. If more people did the right thing, like you did, the world would be a better place. This is a great testimonial as to your character.

Posted by Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 5 years ago

Hi Chris, Thank you for the tip on this money saver!  Wow what a mess you got into, but so lucky you came along when you did or there could have been much more damage.

Good to see you back here on AR.

Hope all is well on your end.

Gloria

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) over 5 years ago

great education for us to learn more about this, I like the idea of being proactive like you mention!

Posted by Mark Loewenberg, KW 561-214-0370 (KW of the Palm Beaches) over 5 years ago

Thanks to Mark for the reblog.

You made your point quite well. Braided stainless steel sounds like a must have!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 5 years ago

Good morning Chris,

This is indeed a valuable tip...we hear the same thing and when we bought our new washer and dryer a few years back had the stainless steel hoses installed in our utility on the main floor!

Posted by Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) over 4 years ago

Great information.  We upgraded on our personal washing machine many years ago.  Water can create so much damage in such a short amount of time.  Why risk it?  Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Alicia Utz, REALTOR & Military Relocation Professional in NOVA (EXIT Realty Associates) over 4 years ago

Hi Dorie and Alicia - Thanks for stopping by!  Glad to hear that you have your homes well protected!

Posted by Mary-kay Canfield and Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in The Villages and Summerfield FL (REMAX Premier Realty - The Villages) over 4 years ago

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