What To Do When Your Washing Machine Floods

By the time you realise your washing machine has sprung a leak, it's probably already pumped out enough water to cause major damage. What should you do next?

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Blogger Jeb (who last featured around here explaining how to score free goods by complaining) has outlined what he did when his machine unexpectedly flooded his household. As well as the obvious (mop up what you can) and the courteous (tell your neighbours), he makes the point that this probably isn't something that can be entirely resolved with a DIY ethos:

You should DEFINITELY call [flood cleanup]guys out even if you think you’ve cleaned up the damage, because your carpet underlay may develop rot and will smell worse than blackface “comedy” on a revived variety TV show. They’ll have special water vacuum machines which can clean up the rest of the flooding, and magical fans which blast the carpet underlay dry.

Having recently had my own household flood which led to Project Cleanup (more on that in a couple of days), I agree entirely that you're not going to get through the process without some outside help.

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Comments

    One tip is not to use a heater to dry carpets either. It caused the water to turn to vapor, then it can get into the heater itself and cause major issues.

    I couldve done with this info 2 weeks ago when my dishwasher flooded my apartment. They make the thinnest plastic crap hoses imaginable.

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