Our houses are filled with furniture, kids, pets, sometimes clutter and always full of memories. Over the years our homes collect things like dust, clutter and character (as in Crayon marks and other scars from years of joy). As the years pass we watch the seasons change, paint fade and families grow. But what we never want to see is our homes fall into disrepair. People patch holes in walls, brighten up paint, polish, clean and remodel to keep their homes warm and inviting. But what we don't always thing about is the toll that the tools of life takes on these important buildings.
Many homes were built decades ago and constructed with the appliances and features of their day in mind. But just reflect on how much has changed since your home was built. Normally this isn't a huge problem, but what can really have an impact on your home is your washing machine. 100 years ago, washing machines were no more than tubs of water and maybe a hand-powered wringer. Around the middle of the century, electric-powered washers started becoming available and added a whole new set of problems for homes to cope with. All of a sudden, the wooden structure of homes had to deal with shaking, vibration and water leaks the kinds of which it had never seen before. And just 10 years ago the first front loading washing machines really started to show up in homes and that's when things got really interesting.
Between top and front loading washing machines, we ask our homes to put up with a lot these days. The average family will wash as many as 10 loads of laundry in a single week. If each of those loads takes just 30 minutes, that totals 5 full hours each week of vibration and shaking. The wooden structure of your home is held together mostly by nails which use simple friction to keep things tight and solid. A little bit of vibration doesn't normally hurt, but hours, weeks, years and decades of it starts to work each joint apart. Gradually, cracks form in walls, gaps open in seams and squeaks, rattles and other noises start becoming commonplace. This damage spreads from the laundry room to the spaces beside and beneath it all too quickly. For this reason all washing machine manufactures recommend that you protect your home as soon as possible with an anti-vibration barrier like Silent Feet pads.
Simple but effective pads like our award-winning and industry-leading Silent Feet Anti-Vibration Washing Machine Pads, form an isolation barrier between the washing machine and your home which limits the amount of harmful vibration energy that can transfer. This 5-minute fix can save you thousands of dollars in costly repairs later. Protect your home today, before your washing machine has a chance to do any more damage.