The best method of protecting the washer and dryer is by putting them on a platform which may keep them above the majority of water damage. Most manufacturers sell platforms for their appliance brand which raises the equipment around 15” above the floor. The platform offers a storage drawer, as the height may protect the washer and dryer from damage from the majority of storms. Commercially available platforms are priced at $300 and up, so you might even think about building one on your own.
One other method of protecting your appliances includes having them situated on the second floor. As installing plumbing and securing a floor might be expensive, it’s possible to feel secure that the appliances are going to be protected. With the bedrooms upstairs, having your laundry on the same level will add convenience which most homeowners like in any weather. While you’re making that change, you may also consider having the electrical box moved to higher ground.
Take these measures for safety:
- Disconnect your breaker which controls your appliance. Be careful when you unplug it unless you’re certain the power is off, as there might be a shock hazard.
- If the power is off, unplug your appliances. Even if your power comes back on, don’t plug the appliance in or turn it on until you’ve had a qualified service individual check it out.
- Get Jamerson Appliance Repair to check out all of the mechanical parts of the appliance then lubricate all bearings, door hinges, and additional moving parts to prevent rust.
- Be ready to have the motor replaced or reconditioned, in conjunction with wiring.
- Be alert to the fact that if your appliance has suffered water damage, its life expectancy might be reduced.
- After you service the appliance, sanitize the washer by running some disinfectant through a fifteen-minute cycle followed up by a water rinse then wipe the dryer down using a cloth that is dipped in disinfectant. Leave the door to the dryer open overnight to prevent formation of rust.