Problems: Interior water damage; energy waste; possible fire.
Trouble signs: Leaks from loose or burst washer hoses. Clogged dryer vent, resulting in towels needing two cycles.
What you can do: Use stainless steel washer hoses to prevent bursting. Replace plastic or foil dryer vents with aluminum ones. Clean dryer's lint tray before and after each use. Check and clean the machine vent twice a year.
What it may cost: Burst-proof washer hoses cost $20 per pair. Aluminum dryer vents are $10 to $20.
What you could save: Thousands of dollars repairing water damage from washer flooding. Premature replacement of a dryer and repair of damage of fires that can erupt from badly vented dryers.
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