Dangers of Improperly Installed Washer and Dryer

Installing your washer and dryer properlyMany people try to save on the expense of a new washer and dryer by trying to handle the installation themselves. If you have two people and a truck, you might be able to pull it off. However, the risks of flooding and fires make a washer and dryer installation something you should leave to the pros.

Washer Connections

The average washing machine uses up to 25 gallons of water per cycle. While this may not seem like a lot, it's enough to do serious damage to flooring and nearby drywall that wasn't designed to handle water. In many cases, this type of flood damage may not be covered by a home owner's insurance policy.

While washer connections may seem like simply screwing tubes onto pipes — no different than attaching a sprinkler to a hose — the job isn't that simple. The hot water pumping through a washing machine along with the vibrations of its spin cycles place enormous stress on the valves. Even if you successfully run a test cycle after installation to confirm there are no leaks, poorly installed seals may fail over time. Another risk is a burst or leaky drain, or supply hose if you don't purchase and properly install a reinforced model.

Dryer Vent Installation

Dryers present two risks: water damage and fires. The risk of fire is more obvious. The hot gas and lint expelled from a dryer could ignite a spark. When connecting a dryer vent, it's vital to ensure that proper lint traps are in place and that nothing slows the flow of air as it moves outside. Any sort of blockage could lead to a lint buildup that eventually causes a fire.

The risk of water damage comes from a poor seal allowing water vapor to escape into the home. This could cause mold or even wood rot in the surrounding areas. These leaks are typically small and hard for a do-it-yourselfer to spot.

Professional Washer And Dryer Installers

Don't put your home at risk of flood and fire to save a few dollars on an installation that will hopefully last for ten years or longer. Let the professionals at Stahl Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning who do these types of jobs every day safely complete your installation. Call us today to schedule an appointment.