Cheap Flood Insurance. Floodchek washing machine hoses are made from industrial-grade hose and machined brass couplings. The manufacturer is so confident they won't spring a leak it offers a 20-year warranty - and reports that it has yet to receive a claim. The hoses are sold in 5-foot lengths for $40 a pair and in 7-foot lengths for $44 a pair. Floodchek Corp., 800/845-9089,

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