Here's the tip: Check Your Water Hose Connections on Your Washing Machine and Dishwasher at Least Once a Year.
You know how you put off doing things because there are so many things to do? Well, I often noticed that my cold water connection was pretty newish, at least installed in the past ten years and it looked clean, non rusty, and the hose was flexible. The hot water connection was an ugly rusted monstrosity and the hose was not flexible and I should have given it some attention.
Here's what happened (in brief): the connection/hose on the hot water pipe line shot water all over the basement through the wash and rinse cycles. It was like standing under a water fountain in a public monument and walking into inch deep water. The washing machine is fine but my cleanup left me with two ruined tables, wet chairs, a soaked fan, and an underwater emergency radio. I lost four good packing boxes plus two boxes of packing papers- some bubble wrap is drying out. A few other things may be salvageable and I threw out other boxes that were soggy.
It took the better part of two-three days plus Liquid Wrench and muscle to dislodge the bad coupling thingamajig. The hose and replacement parts are now new and shiny. I can do laundry again!
The good news is that lots of stuff was in big plastic/vinyl totes, not in cardboard boxes yet, so they survived the shower. The other good news is that Jury Duty was not required.
Thank you for checking in. I'm going to get back to some kind of normalcy any day now, no promises as to when. My eye is giving me a little concern so there are loads of reading to get to and emails to answer, please don't think I have forgotten.
Make sure you check your hoses soon! I'll be back next week. Enjoy the end of summer, the weather here has been chilly, but comfortable, hope it's really nice where you are.
Bye for now.