Check your Flexi pipes before they burst

A recent report from general insurer IAG showed that flexible braided hoses accounted for 22% of water damage claims in Australian households in 2016, with the claims most likely to be for kitchen and bathroom damage.   IAG has even labelled flexible connectors a ‘ticking time bomb’ and put notices on its website advising home owners that flexible hoses have a lifespan of between five and ten years, and should be checked by a licensed plumber every two years.

Why do they always fail when nobody is home?

Generally when you are asleep or not home, the house pipework increases in pressure because there is no release of water for a long time.   Its only when you return home or wake up and open a tap or flush the toilet that the pressure is released.  From that point on water is used throughout the day so the pressure doesn’t have a chance to build up.

 

Corroded

 

Stretched and Corroded

 

Why is this happening?

There are various reasons why these flexi hoses leak, but there are four key causes.  These are installation issues, the effects of water hammer, the quality of materials in the manufacturing process and household cleaning products being stored within the vicinity of flexible braided hoses in homes.  Other than poor quality, the majority of these reasons are not due to the connector itself, which suggests the issue of bursting flexible hoses is largely preventable.

 

What should I do?

Next time you are in the bathroom and kitchen, check your pipes and ensure there are no signs of wear, sharp bends or twists.  If so, call a plumber to replace them.   It is better to call a plumber proactively than to call us with a claim reactively after you have had a burst!

 

 

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