Usually, the washer and the dryer are located in the laundry room and create heat and moisture. In order to help avoid water problems and mold, simple maintenance is required.
Below are simple guidelines which you can follow that will provide good tips and indications for potential water damage that can be caused by the washer, the dryer, hoses, filters, and the utility sink.
You need to perform these inspections every few months and try to be thorough while you are performing them.
1. The Washer
Connected to both cold and hot water lines is the washer. Check them frequently. Start with the joints and fix a leak if you find it. Be sure to check both ends of the water lines. Clean or replace the filters once in a while. A blocked filter will slow the water flow into the washing machine, and may cause some malfunctions. This particular problem is actually worse in areas with hard water. Inspect the shut off valve by looking for drips into the washing machine while it is not in use. Replace the valve if you detect a leak.
2. Hoses and Filters
Like in most appliances, problems often start in the hose. A good idea is to keep at least 4 inches between the water connection and the back of the washer. With this space, you can prevent the hose from kinking and bursting. Check the hoses and replace them if old. You should also consider installing steel-braided hoses.
3. The Dryer
Connected to a ventilation hose is the dryer. You should carefully check it. The dryer ventilation hose must be connected to the outdoors. Try to look for lint behind and under the dryer and also make sure that the vent pipe is not clogged. For the dryer to vent efficiently, make the exhaust as short as possible.
d) Utility Sink
The utility sink is sometimes the source for water related problems. Try searching for links under the sink. If there is a drip in the trap under the sink, then this can be a sign for problems and should be repaired immediately. A partially blocked drain may be indicated by slow draining pipes. A constantly dripping faucet must me repaired promptly. Replace sink seals if they are cracked or loose. Indicating an internal leak that must be fixed before additional damage occurs are damped or stained walls around plumbing pipes.