There are only 2 lines going to your washer - hot and cold. If the lines weren't hooked up to your washer the water spigots would have to be turned off or water would be everywhere. If you run your washer nothing would happen because the water was turned off. If you turn the water on and the hoses aren't connected again water would be everywhere but you would know it as soon as you turned on the water. Sounds more like a troll post as you don't know what you're talking about.
The hose was NOT connected, so when I ran the washer, the water, instead of going INTO the washer, WENT OUT OF IT AND SPILLED EVERYWHERE. I left the basement, thinking all was normal! When I came back, there were several inches of water, okay?
A few months ago we had a flood at work and we used old blankets and bed linen to absorb the water and then chucked em out. Dunno if that idea helps but we found it really handy because they absorbed so much more fluid and all we had to do was chuck em on the ground and use our feet to guide it all over the floor. Good luck with cleaning the basement up!