Washing Machine Hoses and Condo Risk

Washing Machine Hoses are a Risk in Condos

Almost 65% of all property damage in

community associations is water related

Short of fire, nothing causes more damage to the inside of a property than leaking water, which is sometimes caused by washing machine hoses. It is estimated that 65% of property damage to community associations is caused by water leaking from failing pipes, hoses, plumbing fixtures and appliances.

This guide addresses washing machine hoses, a leading cause of residential water damage. Our research shows that there are simple and inexpensive steps associations can take to prevent most of this damage.

What CAU Recommends:

> Encourage and remind residents to turn off the water when not using their washers.

> Establish and enforce a Washing Machine Hose Replacement Resolution.

> Require residents to equip washers with high-quality washer hoses.

> Equip feeder pipes with easy to-close or automatic shut-off valves.

> Provide water catch pans beneath washers.

> Remind all residents to know the location of their water main shut-off and how to use it.

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Need More Information?

Associations can obtain a sample washing machine hose resolution and sample resident notification letters by contacting CAU’s Loss Control Department. These documents are intended to guide Board members in drafting their own, similar resolution, introduce the program to all residents and follow-up with residents who have not complied as of the compliance date.

Your legal advisor should review any resolution before it is proposed.

Washing Machine Hose Replacement Resolution –  The most effective step an association can take to get the right kind of hose on every washer is to adopt a washing machine hose replacement resolution. The resolution should require that the association install, within a reasonably short period, high/quality hoses comparable to those described in this guide.

Associations that do not install special hoses will need to require hose replacement at least every four or five years. However, the resolution we recommend is far simpler, and with hoses good for 20 years, it is easier and less intrusive to monitor and enforce.

The specific hose and hose supplier referred to in this publication are among several available. Check with your plumber or plumbing supply company for material and recommendations on other comparable products.


Water is the most insidious and relentless of property destroyers. It ruins more property than fire. The only solution is prevention. Implementing the suggestions in this guide can minimize this threat and add years of useful life, safety and value to your property.

Associations that take prompt, effective action to prevent water damage do more than preserve their property. They relieve some of the financial pressure on their maintenance budgets and reserve replacement funds. Moreover, they avoid large, special assessments for the unanticipated, early replacement of major building elements.

Published by CAI: 2007