If you find you have a leak, fix it now! That’s what we’ve learnt recently as it can have devastating effects.
We have a large conservatory which is the same width of our small bungalow and we’ve really needed the space. But when we had a drip at the back of the washing machine, we put a towel there and a rag around the pipe on the basis we would fix it asap. But needing the washer every day got it in the way.