There may not appear to be a major distinction between the materials used above, but it can mean the difference between a flooded and a NOT flooded basement! Check it out.
The Rubber Hose
According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, washing machine-related failures is ranked in the top 10 leading sources for in-home water losses and cost the homeowner an average of $5,308 in damages AFTER paying an insurance deductible. Preventing this kind of damage in your home can not only save you money, but it can also help you avoid the headaches and time of dealing with restoration of your home. Although the price of rubber hoses for washing machine hook-ups may appear more attractive than the stainless steel braided, you may want to consider the reason there is such a price difference. Along with the inexpensive price, the rubber hose comes with a higher likelihood of allowing leaks. Overtime, the rubber hoses become rigid and less flexible, restricting the amount of room that water has to move through the hose. Less flexibility in the hoses can lead you down the path of having a basement flood!
The Stainless Steel Braided
Put your mind at ease about basement flooding and look to a washing machine hook-up that is reinforced by stainless steel braiding. With this design, the hose offers flexibility for a hook-up without kinks, but also provides a solid structure to reduce the likelihood of the hose bursting while you use your washing machine.
Be sure to inspect your washing machine hoses to see if they are made with rubber or stainless steel material. Take the time to upgrade your hoses to prevent stress and costly expenses later in the future.