TOM: Whether you’re adding or just updating a laundry room, a few simple features can prevent plumbing disasters and protect the rest of your home. Hi, I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete with today’s Money Pit Home Improvement Minute.
TOM: For a leak-proof laundry room, start by updating your water supply hoses. Rubber-based hoses will swell and burst, causing disastrous indoor floods. Braided steel water lines are best and made to withstand the stresses of daily use.
LESLIE: Another great safety upgrade is an automatic shutoff valve for your water line It’s going to detect leaks and stop water flow before it becomes a damaging threat to your home.
TOM: If your laundry room has separate valves for hot and cold water, simplify the system with a single lever turnoff valve making it easy to keep water off between uses.
LESLIE: Finally, stay on top of dryer vent maintenance. Cleaning it every six months will help prevent a potentially deadly dryer fire. I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: And I’m Tom Kraeutler. For more Money Pit home improvement tips, visit moneypit.com.