Did you know that a burst flexi hose can leak up to 1500 litres of water per hour? Insurance companies have reported that flexi hoses are the most common cause of flooding, accounting for over 20% of water damage claims. Nobody wants to deal with a flooded home or business, but it could happen to you if you don’t keep an eye on your flexi hoses. To help you protect your property from potential flooding, we’ve put together a guide to flexi hose and why they are so important to maintain.
What Are Flexi Hoses?
Flexi hoses, or flexible hoses, are a type of plumbing pipe that are commonly used in many Australian homes and businesses. They are typically made from a flexible plastic or rubber tube, which is encased in a braided layer of stainless steel. Flexi hoses are often used in areas where rigid piping would be impractical, such as under sinks, in toilets and in hot water systems. They are valued for their flexibility, which allows for easy installation and accommodation of movement.
Why Are They So Important To Maintain?
Maintaining your flexi hoses is crucial for several reasons. Firstly, these hoses are under constant water pressure, which can lead to wear and tear over time. If left unchecked, this can result in leaks or even a burst hose, leading to severe flooding and water damage in your home or business.
A damaged or deteriorating flexi hose can also affect the efficiency of your plumbing system. An unchecked leaky hose can lead to increased water usage and higher utility bills. Regular checks can help identify minor issues before they escalate into major problems. By catching potential problems early, you can save on costly water damage repairs in the future.
Why Do Flexi Hoses Burst?
Flexi hoses can burst for a variety of reasons. One of the most common causes is age. Most flexi-hoses burst due to the breakdown of their external braiding due to rust and corrosion or the effects of twisting, kinking or stretching. Over time, constant water pressure can cause the inner tube to weaken and eventually rupture.
Another common cause is poor installation. If a flexi hose is not installed correctly, it can lead to undue stress on the hose, causing it to fail prematurely. Environmental factors can also contribute to a flexi hose bursting. For example, exposure to harsh chemicals or high temperatures can degrade the materials of the hose, making it more susceptible to bursting.
How To Avoid A Burst Flexi Hose?
There are several steps you can take to avoid a burst flexi hose:
- Regular Checks and Replacements: Regularly inspect your flexi hoses for any signs of damage or wear and tear. Look for any kinks, cracks, or leaks in the hose. We recommend a plumbing technician checks all flexi hoses and mixers every 12 months, with full replacements every 5 years to avoid any preventable emergencies.
- Proper Installation: Ensure that your flexi hoses are installed correctly by a licensed plumber. A professional will ensure that the hose is not over-tightened, preventing kinks or twists.
- Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Keep your flexi hoses away from harsh chemicals, which can degrade the materials of the hose. Avoid storing your chemicals under sinks that contain flexi hoses.
Buyer Beware: Flexi Hose Warranties
You might think that because your flexi hoses come with a 5 year or 10 year warranty, you are safe. This is not true. The manufacturer’s warranty will not cover any damage costs or any excess you incur from flooding or a subsequent an insurance claim. They will simply provide a replacement hose. That is why regular flexi hose checks and maintenance are so important.
What Do I Do If A Flex Hose Bursts?
If a flexi hose in your home or business bursts, it’s important to act quickly to minimise damage. Here are the steps you should take:
- Turn Off the Water: The first thing you should do is turn off the water supply. If you have an isolator tap above the hose you can use this, though it’s best to turn off your water mains (usually located near the front of your property).
- Drain the System: Next, you should drain the remaining water from the system. You can do this by turning on all the taps in your property until the water stops running.
- Clean Up Any Water: If the burst flexi hose has caused flooding, clean up as much water as you can to prevent further damage. Use towels and mops to soak up as much of the water as you can.
- Contact a Professional: Once you’ve done what you can to mitigate the immediate damage, it’s time to call in the professionals. A burst flexi hose can create complications, so it’s important to ensure it’s done correctly to prevent future problems.
Have A Damaged Or Burst Flexi Pipe? Call Oceanside Services
If you’ve discovered a damaged or burst flexi hose in your home or business, don’t delay in seeking professional help. Oceanside Services is here to assist with all your plumbing needs. Our team of skilled technicians can quickly and efficiently address any issues with your flexi hoses, helping to prevent further damage and ensure the smooth operation of your plumbing system. Don’t risk a small issue turning into a major problem – contact Oceanside Services today.