Do you have a washer and dryer in your home? If so, when was the last time you pulled them out to check the cold and hot water supply lines behind the washer and the dryer vent piping behind the dryer?

  • You should inspect them annually making sure the water supply lines are not deteriorating. Look for signs of cracking and feeling brittle. Older lines without reinforcement built into the lines should be replaced every 5-7 years. If you are not sure how to tell the condition, just disconnect and  take to your local home improvement store appliance department. They will be glad to assist you.
  • Move the dryer vent piping around. Does it feel empty and free of lint? It is best to disconnect from the dryer and wall vent to make sure lint is not building up inside the dryer or the wall vent. If you can access the exterior vent, be sure the flap is still opening and closing freely. You want to keep unwanted pests, birds and other critters out of the piping.  If you still have the white flexible piping, consult with an appliance center about the latest recommended type of piping.

This annual check up can prevent you from having water damage to your home and a mess to clean up. I know, because I had a water line to break once while away. We walked into water spraying on the walls and ceiling, and water standing on the flooring. Additionally, annual checkups can prevent lint backing up in the dryer vent piping potentially causing a fire.

If you are not able to do this yourself or you do not have a friend or family member to assist you,  ask your plumber about providing this service. It is a small price to pay for damage these simple components can cause.

Thanks for reading and Happy Spring!