Some of the most stylish kitchen taps use flexi hose but you’ll probably find them all over your home. They’re used to connect your hot and cold water points to the base of your mixer taps. They’re easy to recognise. They are the manoeuvrable hoses that have a fabric or steel knit cover.
Their flexibility means they can fit into tight spaces and don’t fill your cabinets with pipework but there’s a catch. Flexi hoses are prone to bursting. In fact the Sydney Morning Herald has reported 20% of Australia’s residential water damage claims are caused by flexi hoses bursting.
And here’s another eyewatering fact for you.
When they burst, flexi hoses can release up to 1,500 litres of water per hour. That means your home could be flooded while you’re away this summer and you’d have no idea until you arrived home!
What can you do to prevent water inundation at your home?
At Savvy Solutions Plumbing, we advise our customers to turn off their water at the metre before they go away – even if it’s only for a few days. If you do this, make sure you also turn on a tap that’s located close to your meter. It only needs to be for a moment or two. Just let the excess water out which, in turn, releases any built up pressure in the water pipe.
Another tip is to look for worn patches, rust marks or dents and kinks on your flexi hose. These are indicators of a weak spot which means they should be replaced.
Remember, flexi hoses have a limited life. If your flexi hose is 8-10 years old OR you are unsure how old your flexi hose is, ask Shaun from Savvy Solutions Plumbing to arrange a replacement flexi hose for you.
To make your appointment, call Shaun on 1300 472 889.