A homemaker delights in the availability of a washing machine, when family members arrive home with greasy or dirt-covered clothes. Those nasty items can be tossed in the washer. At such times, that one appliance serves as a fast way to solve what could have been a time-consuming problem. Sometimes, though that same machine, that time saver can become the source of an unpleasant smell. When that happens, the washed clothes develop the same unpleasant odor. Then that same odor does not wash off as easily as dirt and grime.
Identifying the source of the odor
While a family might see the washer as the source of the bad smell, an expert on washers would know that the foul odor comes from some unidentified spot within the washer’s working parts. When a family has not done enough, by using preventative measures, a spot in those wet parts could become the home for mold.
The water that remains on a section of those parts may well contain pieces of organic matter. That organic matter could become the food for a mold colony. When that happens, then the living mold produces foul-smelling chemicals. An appliance repair professional in San Diego County has learned how to seek out the location of such a colony. Once that colony has been located, it can be destroyed. Destruction of the mold colony ensures removal of the unpleasant smell.
How to keep the unwanted odor from forming
Even an expert cannot turn the identification and destruction of mold colonies into a fast and easy job. Hence, all the time that a homemaker has saved by using a washing machine might seem of little value, due to the amount of time and effort that must go into destroying a pervasive smell. For that reason, all the people that might use a family’s washer should know how to limit the chances for development of such an odor.
Washers cannot grow mold when their parts have dried out. If the washer’s lid remains open, the drying process can take place more readily and more completely. Hence, it pays to keep the washer’s lid open, whenever the appliance is not in use. By the same token, homemakers need to pay attention to the amount of lint in the device that catches the lint-like material from washed clothes. That device should be located and cleaned regularly. It will dry more rapidly when it contains a minimum amount of lint. Admittedly, it takes time to clean what can be a hard-to-find container. Still, a homemaker has put that time to good use. The same homemaker has prevented the need to repair a time-saving appliance.