June 28, 2021
Flexi-hose breakages are a key culprit when it comes to household flooding and the ensuing water damage. Lucky for you, this mishap is entirely preventable with the right equipment.
Flexi-hose horror stories are commonplace in a lot of households. We’ve all heard the stories about flooded laundries, bathrooms, kitchens and the expensive repairs that follow. Alarmingly, flex-hose breakages are a key culprit when it comes to household flooding and the ensuing water damage. Lucky for you, this mishap is entirely preventable with the right equipment.
In this article we’ll cover:
Flexi water hoses are a type of flexible hose that are commonly used to connect appliances and fixtures to the water supply. They are most installed in bathrooms and kitchens for toilets and sinks. They are typically made of braided stainless steel or reinforced PVC and come in various lengths and sizes. Flexi hoses are popular because they are affordable, easy to install, and flexible in tight spaces. However, they are also prone to damage if not properly installed and maintained.
Flexible water hose breakages are a well-known issue. In fact, according to insurance company Racq Living, almost 10,000 claims have been lodged in the last three years pertaining to water damage in the home, with burst pipes and hoses as a common cause for damage. So what causes this breakage?
Historically, flexi-hoses were made from a less durable EPDM material which was at risk of rust, corrosion and eventual breakage. These hoses were not designed to last a decade or more, however many homeowners were unaware of this, and as such, rarely had their water hose installations checked by a professional. To avoid any damage at hands of a burst hose, it’s wise to have flexi-hoses checked every couple of years and replaced every five years.
Flexi hoses can also burst due to poor installation practices and general wear over many years of use without inspection. Read more about our top 5 flexi-hose mistakes here.
Here are some factors to consider when purchasing a hose to prolong the life of your installations:
Consider stocking up on various water hose lengths and connections, so you have the right hose to install on the job.
Top Tip: Preventing bursts starts from choosing the right flexi hose. A flexi hose that is manufactured with a high-density PEX core is highly resistant to bursting if installed and maintained correctly.
PEX PROTM flexi hoses are burst proof and rust proof guaranteed! PEX PROTM meet the highest mechanical and hygiene standards and complies with AS/NZS 4020 testing of products for use in contact with drinking water. And to top it all off – PEX PRO™ water hoses are backed by an industry-leading 15-year warranty.
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