Increasing the Value of Your Home Through Flooring
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Increasing the Value of Your Home Through Flooring

Your floors are an often overlooked but very important part of your home. Dirty, tattered, outdated or ugly floors can make your home look far less attractive and valuable than it may be. In contrast, beautiful and well kept floors give your home a special sparkle. It is especially important to pay attention to your flooring if you are thinking about selling your home. By installing clean and beautiful new floors, you can increase the value of your home far more than the cost of your flooring. My background as a real estate agent has taught me what potential buyers want in floors, and now I'm going to teach you. Make your home all it can be with floors that say your home is the best.

Increasing the Value of Your Home Through Flooring

Leaking Washing Machine? Common Fixes To Do Yourself

Isabella Bennett

If you notice your washing machine is leaking, don't panic. While it's usually your first instinct to call your local appliance repairman, there are actually a few things you can do to fix the leak yourself. Washing machines can leak for a myriad of different reasons, so it's always a good idea to troubleshoot the problem first before you dole out a large sum of money to pay someone for repairs. Read on to find out more about a few do-it-yourself ways to fix your leaky washing machine that will save you time and money.

Find the Source

There are only a few places on most washing machines where the leak could be coming from. First, check the supply hoses that are attached to the back of the machine. They can become clogged with debris over time which can cause the water to come back out. The gaskets could also be worn. Unscrew the hoses and replace the gaskets and check for clogs. Other areas of the washing machine where water may come from include the inner and outer tub seals, the center gasket inside the machine, and the air dome seal.

Fixing the Problem

Before you begin any repair on your washing machine, be sure it is unplugged. Then, remove the back panel carefully so you'll be able to see inside. If you cannot easily spot where the water is coming from, run the machine for one cycle while observing it so you can easily identify the source of the leak. Depending on where it's located, you can do the following in order to make repairs:

  • If the water is coming from the pump that runs water through your machine, take a closer look at the seals around the pump. They can deteriorate over time, and can easily be replaced to fix the problem. You may need to replace the entire pump, however, since many newer models have the seal attached to the pump to make it a single unit.
  • If you only notice leaking happening when your washing machine is running on the "agitating' cycle, it is typically because of a bad center post gasket. You can replace this, and it's recommended that you replace the air dome seal at the same time. 
  • There is also a possibility that the tub seals have developed rust, which will in turn make the entire tub leak. You can purchase a replacement tub seal kit at most home improvement or appliance parts stores. No matter which part you need to replace, be sure you have your washing machine's brand and model name as well as serial number if possible so you're sure you are purchasing the correct part. 

For more information, consult a local washing machine repair professional.