Keeping your Laundry Room Safe and Functional

Aside from the kitchen, the laundry room is the busiest space in the household, especially for a growing family. The washer and dryer seem to just work away diligently for each load. Some families run a half dozen or more loads each week. However, both appliances are fraught with possible hazards if left unchecked for years on end. Take some time out to inspect a few basic areas to be on top of any potential repairs.

Lint Beware

Of all the preventive maintenance chores, lint is the easiest to control for most of the year. Scrape out lint from the traps before each load to avoid accumulations farther down the ducts. However, you’ll need to detach the ducts at least once a year to vacuum them out completely. Although traps are effective barriers, lint will still find its way into the ducts. Excessive lint accumulations become fire hazards.

Inspect Washer Hoses

Your washer has two main hoses from the water line to the appliance. Inspect them periodically for any leaks. Their initial installation should be relatively straight with just a little curve to their shape. Sharp corners or twists in the hosing need to be corrected. They’ll eventually rupture from the unusual force to the hose walls, allowing water to flood the immediate area. If you’re unsure about their installation quality, calling a professional is always an option.

Hazardous Liquids Out of Reach

An overlooked part of the laundry room is all the hazardous liquids. From bleach to laundry detergent, these liquids are extremely dangerous if ingested. If you don’t already have a particular area, create a sturdy shelf for these liquids. Check the fasteners and supports periodically to avoid any breakage over time. Stand back and check the shelf for any bowing. Overloading it can cause liquids to fall and spill where children and pets can be harmed.

Level Them

If a professional installed your appliances initially, you may not have noticed they leveled them. Each appliance usually has leveling feet that can move over time. Purchase an inexpensive level from a home improvement store to check each appliance’s level. Adjust the feet with a wrench if necessary. Maintaining level allows both drums to operate at peak performance, reducing possible damage over time.

Listen to Every Cycle

You could take care of all the appliances’ preventive needs, but malfunctions do occur at times. Be aware of the machines’ normal sounds during operation. If a bolt or screw becomes loose, for example, you’ll be able to tell immediately there’s a problem. Fixing any small issues quickly only prevents bigger problems from occurring. Ignoring a problem simply gives you a big repair bill when the machine breaks down completely.

With sharp observation skills, you’ll find and repair any issues arising in the laundry room before they become big problems. Go over some of these basic ideaswith family members to get everyone involved. One person may see an issue before another, preventing hundreds of dollars of repair costs.

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