I am wondering if anyone has any tips on how to avoid the problems that can arise when water leaks from the flexible hoses now very widely used to connect appliances, mixer taps, toilets, etc. to a water source.
Apparently, such leaks are quite common, can cause major damage, and result in many insurance claims. The problem must be significant because several insurance company websites contain tips on avoiding problems with the flexi hoses that are an inner rubber tube wrapped in braided layers of stainless steel.
I was reminded about this problem by Matthew Steen’s March 2021 Choice story on dishwashers which contained a couple of tips on avoiding problems from hose related water leaks:
• turn off the water supply when going away for a long period
• install an anti-burst water inlet hose.
From what I can see, there are 2 main types of flexible hoses – braided steel covered hoses and plastic hoses.
Some tips applicable to both types that I have come across so far are:
- Turn off the water supply if the premises will be unoccupied for more than a few days.
- Check the hoses at least every 6 months for any signs of wear, cracks, drips, leaks, etc. and if there are any replace or repair the hose.
- Be aware that hoses do not last forever and should be replaced before they reach the end of their life.
- Ensure that the water pressure is not too high, and if it is reduce it, for example with pressure reducing valves.
A tip that is probably specific to the braided steel covered hoses is to not store household chemicals near them, for example under kitchen sinks and laundry tubs, because the chemicals in the air there can cause corrosion.
And, a tip that is probably specific to plastic hoses is to consider installing anti-burst hoses.
I’d be interested in receiving comments on these tips and hearing about any others you may have.