Hidden Mold in your Washing Machine

Many new, front-loading washing machines have been found to grow hidden mold inside of them. This can cause your clothing to become horribly smelly and for bacteria to begin growing inside of the machine and on your belongings. Many customers are upset over models that were bought until the late 2000’s that allow mold to grow hidden inside of them. Not only is this a dangerous situation for your health, but it also leaves all of your clothes with a bad smell you can’t get rid of. These machines are in the homes of many who may not even realize that there is mold inside of them.

Front-Loader Washing Machines

A front-loader is a washing machine where the cover opens on the front of the machine as opposed to the top. On top-loaders the moisture rises out of the top of the machine, helping prevent moisture from accumulating inside. However, on front-loaders the environment in the machine remains airtight so that moisture stays inside. This combined with the humidity creates a breeding ground for mold.

Can I Still Use My Front-Loader?

Don’t fear, if you have a front-loader washing machine there are things you can do to prevent it from getting foul-smelling and moldy. Here are some tips on keeping your machine clean and mold-free:

1. Leave the door open when you’re not using it so it can dry out. (Be careful that kids and pets can’t climb inside.)

2. Run a bleach cycle through the machine regularly, at least twice a month. This will help to clean the machine and kill any mold that may be lingering inside.

3. Wipe down your entire machine, inside and out, with a dry towel so that any excess moisture isn’t allowed to sit overnight.

4. Choose low-sudsing detergents made for high efficiency washing machines. A lot of times the powder detergents will work well too.

Possible Mold-Growing Washing Machine Models

Some washing machines that had lawsuits filed against them, sold between 2001 and 2008:

WHIRLPOOL:

WHIRLPOOL DUET

WHIRLPOOL DUET SPORT

SEARS/KENMORE:

KENMORE ELITE HE

KENMORE HE2

KENMORE HE2PLUS

KENMORE HE2T

KENMORE HE3

KENMORE HE3T

KENMORE 4T

LG:

WM2077CW

WM2277HW

WM3677HW

WM1212CW

WM1814CW

WM2032HW

BOSCH:

BOSCH AXXIS

BOSCH NEXXT

BOSCH VISION

Call Water Damage Zone, Inc. today (877) 520.1923– your future bills may be a lot smaller, if you follow these simple tips. You can also visit our sister company for further information on restoration services at Best American Builders.

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