Steps To Take if Your Washer Overflows

Washing machines can easily develop issues over time that can cause them to overflow. When that happens, it’s important to turn the power off, remove any unattached items from the area that has been flooded, and then remove the water. If the water has soaked into the floor, the walls, or entered any other rooms, you should call for professional help and have your washing machine checked and repaired to make sure another overflow doesn’t occur.

However, if the water hasn’t spread far, here are some steps you can take if your washing machine overflows.

Turn Off the Power Supply

It’s Important to find your fuse box or circuit breaker and turn off the power supply to the washer there. You don’t want to push cancel on your washing machine as this will cause the water to drain from the washer, thus making the flooding worse. Also, take care that you don’t fall on the slippery floor.

Remove Any Items From the Area

You want to pick up any items in the area, such as furniture, carpets, or clothing. Then, it’s good to dry these items as soon as you can. You should be able to save these items since the water from your washing machine shouldn’t be contaminated.

Dry the Room

It’s best to clear the floodwater from the room and then dry it as soon as you can. You’ll want to use dehumidifiers and fans to help the room dry quickly. If there was a large amount of water involved in the flood or if it’s soaked into anything such as the floors or walls, you may need the help of a water damage restoration company. It is very important to quickly remove the flood water and repair any water damage to prevent mold from developing. If mold develops, further damage could be done, and you may need mold remediation services which can be quite expensive.

Remove Any Items From the Washer

Once you’ve cleaned up the water and started to dry the room, you should remove any clothing or other items from the washer. You’ll probably need to wring the clothes out in a sink to get them ready to dry. It also might be a good idea to remove the water from your washer. It could make it easier to deal with any problems.

Examine the Washer Hoses

Move the washer out from the wall a bit so you can look at the hoses. Look at the hoses to see if they are dripping or leaking. If the hoses do appear to be damaged, you can replace them. If they don’t seem to be damaged, you will want to make sure they are all securely connected.

Run a Test or Call for Repairs

This step really depends on whether you found a problem with the hoses or not. If the hoses were damaged, you can replace them and run the washing machine without clothes in it to see if it is working properly. If the hoses did not seem to have a problem or if the washing machine had problems when you tested it, you may need to call for repairs. However, before calling for repairs, you may consider whether or not you overstuffed the machine or were using the wrong detergent for your machine.

Sometimes these issues can cause overflows as well. If you believe it was one of these issues, you could run a test without clothing in the machine to see if the machine works properly before calling for repairs.

Contact Us

If your washer causes water damage to your home, then contact Restore Pro. Our experienced restoration professionals can remove the water and damaged materials and restore your home to its pre-damage condition. Call us at 1-800-847-0114 or connect with us on Facebook.