High and Dry After Flood Damage

Repairing the damage done to your home after a flood can look like an overwhelming job. In most cases, it’s best to seek out the services of a professional flood damage restoration team. But when my home flooded a few years ago, I found out that there were some things that I could do myself. Books, clothes, and even furniture can recover from water damage under the right circumstances. Knowing how to prevent mold, and remove it when you find it, can also come in handy after a flood. I know that it can be a devastating event for a family. That’s why I started this blog – to share my experience with flood damage and share the things that I learned that helped me put my home back together. With both professional help, and amateur ideas, hopefully you can learn something useful from my experience.

How To Find Your Lost Socks And Keep Them From Going Missing Again

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It's happened to everyone. Two socks go in and only one comes out. Some people have a drawer full of single, unmatched socks. But where do your socks go from the moment they enter the washer until they come out of the dryer? Search these locations for your missing socks and learn how to ensure both socks come out the next time.

Where Could They Be?

Assuming that both socks actually made it into the washer and one isn't hiding under the bed or in a toy bin, there are a few likely culprits to check first.

Between the Washer Tubs

Start with the washer. Washers have an inner and outer tub. Socks are so small and thin that they can sometimes go over the top of the inner tub and get trapped between the the two tubs. This is highly probable if you like to jam your washing machine full of clothes. You could have a whole pile of socks hidden in this area, but eventually the socks will interfere with the washer's efficiency and you will have to call a repair service to retrieve your socks.

The Drain Pump

If your sock is unlucky enough to get pushed between the two tubs in the washer, it can get sucked farther down and get stuck in the drain pump or go out with the waste water.

Retrieving the sock will require the removal of the back panel and sump hose. If you can't find it there, it may be at the bottom of the tub and you will have to remove a drum paddle from a front-loading machine to get it. This may be a job you want to save for the professionals because if a drum paddle breaks, your washer will be out of commission.

The Agitator

The agitator is only found in top-loading washing machines. It is the big object in the middle of the tub with the fins. There is about a two-inch gap underneath the agitator where a sock can can easily get sucked in and stuck.

Getting your sock back from this area may be easy. If you have a newer model, you should be able to lift the agitator up and out of the machine to retrieve your sock. Just make sure to unplug the machine first for your safety. If your washer is not quite that new, you will need to go to greater lengths to get your sock back:

  1. Remove the fabric softener dispenser, if there is one.

  2. Unscrew or pry off the agitator cap.

  3. Use a socket wrench to remove the bolt under the cap and remove any screws near the bottom of the agitator post.

  4. Lift the agitator straight up and retrieve your sock.

Make sure to do some research on your particular model of washer before taking it apart!

Sock-Saving Tip: Put socks in a mesh bag before throwing them in the washer. Sure, this takes an extra step, but it will be worth your time to save your socks and keep your washing machine in running order!

Dryer Vent

If your sock survives the washer, it can sometimes meet its demise in the dryer. If the filter becomes dislodged while the dryer is running, socks can get sucked through the lint filter and into the dryer vent. This presents a dangerous situation because socks in this area prevent the dryer from releasing hot air, which could result in a fire.

Dryer vent cleaning can help reduce the risk of fire regardless of whether you think there is a sock stuck in the vent or not. A professional, like Restoration Klean, can do this job for you or you can try it yourself. This process will require removing the vent hose and pushing a toilet snake through the line.

Sock-Saving Tip: Check the lint trap every time you put a load in the dryer. Clean out any lint that is stuck under the lint filter. Lint in this area can keep the filter from sitting securely in place and create a space for a sock to get sucked in. Also, have your dryer vent cleaned regularly, not only to remove socks, but to reduce the risk of a fire and to help it run more efficiently.

Make sure to also check out some common hiding places for socks before counting them lost. Look between and under the washer and dryer as well as in the pant legs or sheets of dried clothes. Static cling can often be a culprit for those missing socks. Once you have found and retrieved your missing socks, make sure they never get separated again.

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9 February 2015