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A Simple Habit That Could Save You Thousands - Water Damage Prevention

The Importance of Turning Off Taps for Washing Machines and Dishwashers

Boy holding clothes and opening a washing machine, whilst a dog watches him

Water-related disasters in homes can lead to significant damage and inconvenience. One crucial preventive measure is to turn off taps when washing machines and dishwashers are not in use.

In this blog post, we will delve into the reasons why this simple action can save you, Gold Coast homeowners, from potential flooding and property damage.

Why bother with Washing Machine Tap Isolation?

A flooded home with water rising up

When you are preparing for a well-deserved holiday, the last thing you want to worry about is coming back to your flooded Gold Coast home. One common culprit of water damage while you are away is a leaking washing machine water hose. However, with a few simple steps, you can safely isolate your washing machine and dishwasher taps to prevent any potential disasters. Here are some holiday hacks to keep your washing machine taps secure while you are away.

Importance of Turning Off Taps for Water Damage Prevention

1- Preventing Hose Damage

Washing machines and dishwashers are equipped with plastic fittings and rubber hoses that connect to the water supply. These components can degrade over time due to exposure to water pressure and temperature fluctuations. When left under constant pressure, there is a risk of hoses developing weak points or even bursting, especially in older appliances.

2 - Avoiding Potential Flooding

A burst hose can lead to water leakage or flooding in the laundry or kitchen area. The volume of water released during such incidents can be substantial, causing extensive damage to flooring, walls, cabinetry, and electrical systems. The resulting cleanup and restoration can be costly and time-consuming.

3 - Minimising Property Damage

 Water damage not only affects the immediate vicinity of the appliance but can also seep into adjacent rooms or lower levels of the property. Moisture can promote mould growth, compromise structural integrity, and damage valuable belongings. Turning off taps when appliances are not used is a proactive step to safeguard the entire property.

How do I turn off the isolation tap?

Discover how to find and turn off your dishwasher and washing machine water isolation tap using these helpful visual guides. Follow our Water Damage Prevention tips, to ensure to turn off the taps when not in use, especially before heading out on holidays, or for extended periods away from home.

Top Tips for Turning Off Taps

1 - Conduct Regular Inspections

Periodically inspect the condition of hoses, fittings, and taps connected to washing machines and dishwashers. Look for signs of wear, corrosion, or leaks, and replace any compromised components promptly to prevent water-related incidents.

2 - Shut Off the Water supply

Your water meter is usually in a green box out the front of your property (as per the photo below). Turn the water valve off to isolate the water from your property. This step ensures no water will enter the plumbing system, eliminating the risk of leaks or bursts while you're away.

A water meter with the green cover removed

Don't forget to review your home and contents insurance policy for coverage related to water damage. It's essential to ensure that you're adequately protected in case of any unexpected leaks or plumbing issues. Checking your policy now could save you from headaches down the line and provide peace of mind knowing that you're covered in case of water-related emergencies.

4 - Seek Professional Help

If you are unsure about how to safely isolate your washing machine taps or if you suspect a leak, it is best to seek professional help. A licensed plumber from Scope Plumbing and Building Services can inspect your taps, hoses, and connections to ensure everything is secure and leak-free before you leave for your holiday.

A plumber servicing a washing machine

Turning off taps for washing machines and dishwashers before going on holidays is a simple yet essential practice that can help us, Gold Coast homeowners with Water Damage Prevention reminders to avoid costly water damage and potential disasters. Adopting proactive maintenance practices can go a long way in ensuring a safe and secure home. By following the best practices outlined in this blog post and implementing additional tips for enhanced protection, you can enjoy your holidays with peace of mind, knowing that your property is safeguarded against water-related risks.

Give us a shout, and let's tackle those plumbing challenges together!

Contact us at Scope Plumbing and Building Services Gold Coast.



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