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Replace washer hoses
Since the water supply to a washing machine is always on, a plumbing disaster is waiting to happen if the hoses fail or leak -- and they may if they're old. A leak is bad enough, but if both the hot and cold lines fail at the same time and no one is home to turn off the water, it can be a very costly repair. Periodically check the hoses, and if they look worn, replace them with new burst-resistant metal mesh hoses.
By Gene and Katie Hamilton, Tribune Media Services
September 30, 2013