Flexible hoses are braided hose connections that carry water for the plumbing to the taps in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry taps. Flexi hoses are often affordable; however, their shelf life is usually short. Without regular maintenance, flexible hoses can be a ticking time bomb, likely to burst when you are not at home.
As plumbers, we are often called upon by distraught residents to attend properties where the water is ankle-deep due to a burst flexible hose. By this stage, all we can do is replace the frayed and burst flexible hose. However, there are ways that you can keep on top of your plumbing and reduce your risk of having to experience this first-hand. To help, here are five tips to avoid severe water damage caused by a burst flexi hose.
Know when to replace your flexi hose
While a flooded home can cause stress and anxiety, this situation can be avoided. Replacing your flexi hoses before they wear out is the best way to avoid flooding. Flexi hoses have a short lifespan and generally should be replaced every 5 years. Despite many having a warranty of 10 years, it’s important not to push the hose to its limit. Look out for any signs of rust or fraying, and replace the hose immediately if this is the case.
Organise regular maintenance checks from an experienced team
While it is essential to check for signs of damage yourself, an experienced team of plumbers are trained to notice things that may not be easily spotted. By organising regular maintenance checks with David Frith Quality Plumbing, you can ensure the flexi hoses are in good working condition. As a general rule, we recommend organising a maintenance check every 6 months. To make the visit worthwhile, we can assess other aspects of your plumbing ensuring everything is in top working order.
Install emergency shut-off valves
Along with regular maintenance checks on flexi hoses we highly recommend installing emergency shut off valves for residential unit blocks. Emergency shut off valves are designed to detect and arrest water flow when a flexi hose bursts. The flood stop valve is designed to automatically and immediately shut off the water supply to the hot water. Flood stop valves, in conjunction with a safety tray for all hot water heaters can help to avoid serious flooding and damage to your building. This way, when water is detected on the sensor, it automatcally closes the ball valve and remains closed until the problem is repaired. The safety tray provides an added level of protection and an inexpensive way to prevent water damage to the floor from leaks and spills.
Explore additional safety measures
In addition to all of this, there are other safety precautions you can take to avoid serious water damage from burst flexi hoses. For example, you can ensure you purchase good quality flexible hoses and have them installed by a licensed plumber. You can discuss further options with your plumber, such as organising a regular maintenance program or installing a vent hole in cupboards to allow for ventilation and reducing humidity. As a final tip, practice switching off the main water supply of your home when you are going away for extended periods of time. This will avoid having to come home to an unexpected flood!
Finally, if your strata committee would benefit from a scheduled maintenance from the experienced plumbers at David Frith Quality Plumbing, get in touch by calling (02) 9521 8197. Our qualified plumbers can inspect your properties and replace them where necessary, saving you from the inconvenience, expense and stress of a potential internal flood.