Most washer hoses are made of reinforced rubber. As they get older, they lose some of their resiliency and may be subject to bursting. A burst hose can spray hundreds of liters of water per hour across your floor or laundry room causing enormous damage As an added precaution, consider turning off the water supply to the washer whenever you’ll be away for extended periods of time.
For best results, put detergent in before you load the washer. For most items, lowering the water temperature to warm wash and cold rinse will get your clothes clean and reduce your energy bills.
Small loads use almost as much energy as large loads. When possible, wait until you have a full load before running the washing machine. Most washer drain hoses hook over the side of a sink or into a pipe, especially for that purpose. To prevent floods, make sure the hose is secure and can’t rattle lose or shift out of position.
Never put rags, socks or similar items on shelves over the laundry sink. If one falls into the sink, it can clog the drain and cause a flood. To minimize the damage from a washer mishap, make sure there is a clear path from the washer to the floor drain.