Burst Flexi Hoses Can Cost You Thousands in Water Damage

Would You Pay $4,000 or $40?

Flexi hoses are the primary cause of internal flooding in homes. They can leak up to 1,500 litres of water per hour damaging walls, carpet, furniture, hard flooring, electrical appliances and in some cases, cause ceilings to collapse.

What Are Flexible Hoses?

A flexi hose is braided steel enclosing a rubber pipe that can be bent to fit difficult spaces. They are generally found under your sink in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry. Flexi hoses are quick to install which reduces labour costs and have been around for about 25 years.

How Do I Prevent a Burst Flexi Hose?

  1. Maintenance is a lot more cost effective than repairing damage, so prevention is key. If you see any signs of rusting, bulging or fraying on the stainless-steel braiding, this can lead to leaking or a burst pipe.
  2. Bending and stretching the hose incorrectly during installation is a common cause of damage. Chat to a licensed plumber about installing your flexi hoses to ensure safety standards and peace of mind.
  3. Use a quality flexi hose. You are more likely to experience issues with cheaper hoses using thin braiding and haven’t been correctly manufactured or heat-treated.
  4. Keep an eye on the expiry date – it’s recommended to check your hoses at least every five years. Talk to a licensed plumber about a regular maintenance program to help prevent any disasters.

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