Laundry Room Maintenance and Upgrades
At least once each year we should check our washer and dryer for easy to address laundry room maintenance and upgrades.
Lint and other debris can build up in your dryer duct hose and vent, reducing air flow, backing up exhaust gases and eventually creating a fire. These hazards can be avoided by thoroughly inspecting and cleaning your dryer duct and vent to prevent buildup. Start by unplugging your dryer. If it’s a gas dryer, you should turn off the gas.
Pull the dryer away from the wall so you can access the duct hose. Loosen the clamp holding the duct to the back of the dryer and pull the hose loose. Use a shop or house vacuum and pull out any lint inside the hole on the back of the dryer. Do the same with the duct hose. Dryer vent cleaning kits are available at your local Ace Hardware store to help speed up the process.
Once the duct hose cleaning is completed, you should reassemble your dryer and head outside to address the exterior vent. Use your vacuum hose to clean out the duct in the wall. Before putting the vent grill back on, run your dryer on air fluff for about 10 minutes to clear the debris from the duct.
If your washing machine is connected to bare rubber water hoses, you’re risking thousands of dollars worth of potential water damage. Under constant water pressure, these rubber hoses are prone to leaks or even bursting. That’s why building codes say that the water supply should be shut off when the washer isn’t in use—unless it’s connected to no-burst hoses.
No-burst washing machine hoses are encased in a woven metal sleeve that prevents weak spots in the rubber from developing into leaks. These hoses are available at your local Ace Hardware store, and installing them is as easy as connecting a garden hose.
The last step is the lint snare for the washing machine drain hose. To prevent lint from clogging your laundry sink or drain pipe, add a lint snare to the drain hose.