There are a number of safety switches you can have installed on your washer so that the water isn't running when the washer isn't in use. I HAVE ONE and didn't use it. Thank God Sunny, Moon and Bean are ok and that the house didn't burn down from the water hitting the electrical outlet.
Here's Sunny's take on what happened (taken from her dogster diary )
I will start out by saying that I am fine. BUT...it was a close call and mommy is still pretty shook up. She keeps hugging me and getting all teary eyed. Here's what happened:
Mommy forgot to turn the safety switch on the washing machine to the off position. I guess the safety switch prevents water from coming out the hose should the hose break. Mom never really understood the likelihood of a hose actually breaking. She always thought it was just a "one in a million" kind of precaution. Well...guess what? Hoses break quite often on washing machines. It seems that the water runs through the hose whether the machine is on or not and that constant pressure can cause the hoses to burst. When the safety is on, if the hose breaks, no water will come out. Mommy did laundry on Sunday. She forgot to turn the safety to the off position. The water ran through the hose from Sunday until Wednesday, at which point (mom doesn't know the time)..it burst. Mom came home at 4:30pm and saw water in the garage. Hmmm...she thought..."Did I leave the de-humidifier running and it overflowed?" No. She opened the door to my basement and heard ssssssssssssssssssssssssss (hissing, but not cat hissing, water spraying from a burst hose spraying). The whole room was steamy because the water was hitting the boiler. I was in my crate 5 feet away from the laundry room. I was anxious and hot. Mommy ran and shut off the water. Then she let me out of my crate and of course, I ran into the laundry room and through the 2 inches of water on the floor. Everything in that room was soaked. The water was even shooting right into a power outlet. Bean's bag of dry food was blown up like popcorn...BOL! My parents spent 4 hours cleaning up the mess. The laundry room is in an unfinished part of the basement so it was pretty easy cleanup with the wet vac. My crate is in the finished part and only a small part of the carpet got soaked. Mommy was SOOOOOOOOOO grateful that it wasn't worse. If the hose had come off completely, the water would have poured out instead of just spraying and the flooding would have been so much worse. I might have actually been standing in water in my crate Mommy says she can't even think about it. AND...Thank God no fire started. Again, mom can't think about it. She kept hugging me. She took the day off from work yesterday to make sure everything was ok and to spend the day with me. We went for 2 walks, I had a great spontaneous playdate with a little mutt who lives down the street from me (Gidget) and I got a package from my friend
Star so I got to play with some new toys. I really enjoyed mine and mommy's retreat day! Mommy promises promises promises to always check the safety before she leaves for the day (has to add that to her list of other things she already checks, iron, heat, stove, my collar's off, etc...). This morning mommy went off to work (a tad anxious) and came home to check on me after an hour. She needed to make sure the christmas tree was off and that I was ok and not anxious in my crate after my scary day. I was fine!
Sunny (less scarred than mommy)