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Water Damage Near Hammocks Beach State Park

10/30/2014 (Permalink)

Notice the rust stains around the hot water supply faucet, this hose had a small leak before it ruptured.

Washing machine hoses are under full pressure at all times, whether you are at home or away.  When they rupture, up to 2 1/2 gallons of water can spew out every minute!  In other words, approximately 150 gallons of water flows out per hour.  SERVPRO was called to a residence recently where the family had been out of town for the weekend and came back to a home flooded by a busted hot water supply line.  Nobody really knows when the hose failed but it appears that the water had been running just about the whole time.  If we estimate just 48 hours, that would amount to over 7000 gallons!!!  It was bad, real bad but SERVPRO was able to get the structure dry in less than a week.  Between the dryout and the repairs, the whole bill was over $25,000.00.  In contrast, a new set of washing machine hoses would have cost between $15.00 and $75.00, quite a difference.  If you have standard rubber reinforced hoses and they haven't been replaced in 5 years, please consider replacing them now.  Also look for tell-tell signs of leakage as shown in the picture below.  Replacing old or compromised hoses will give you peace of mind and may save you big money!

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