I don't want to sound like a public service announcement or anything, but take some time to consider this ( I got this from the NFPA- National Fire Protection Association:
- In 2010, an estimated 16,800 reported U.S. non-confined or confined home structure fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines resulted in 51 civilian deaths, 380 civilian injuries and $236 million in direct property damage.
- Clothes dryers accounted for 92% of the fires; washing machines 4%, and washer and dryer combinations accounted for 4%.
- The leading cause of home clothes dryer and washer fires was failure to clean (32%), followed by unclassified mechanical failure or malfunction (22%). Eight percent were caused by some type of electrical failure or malfunction.
SO, as I am settling in...I clean everything. Every nook and cranny will be touched by me. Now, don't get me wrong..this place was extremely clean!!!! .....but 16, 000 report fires due to washer/dryer area??
Underneath was a different story!!!
Then, under the water heater area! BLAH....EWWW....do NOT know why there was used fabric sheets under there! (not in same room! It's in the hall leading to laundry room)
This is a GAS water heater....completely UNSATISFACTORY!
It's plywood surrounding the drain...it's wet because I cleaned it out.
Not perfect, but MUCH better!! AWWWWW....feeling safer :)Footnote to this is that I still need to go from the outside of the house to the opening of the tubing-seems to be only about 6-10" from outside to in on the ground level-- should be very easy!