Don't Get Hosed - 11/01/13
Everyone knows you're supposed to change the oil in your car every 3-thousand miles, rotate your tires every five thousand and check the air filters in your house monthly. I'm writing today about something you're supposed to change every five years but I suspect few people do.
In 2004, I was out of my home county with a group of friends from Leadership Middle Tennessee when I got a call from my wife. She said one of the hoses on our washing machine had split and water was going everywhere. She turned off the water quickly and the neighbors on either side of me had everything cleaned up before I could even get home. Thank goodness my wife was there. A friend of mine had the same thing happen while they were on vacation. They returned home to find the carpets soaked, and all the furniture on thier ground floor ruined.
The moral of the story is if you haven't changed the supply lines to your washing machine in more than five years, put it on your to do list. I was in the laundry room at my house this week, staring those hoses in the face. It's been more than five years and I need to get busy. I'm on it. I thought I'd mention it just in case.