How often do you look behind your dishwasher or toilet? Likely not very often, unless you’re a plumber like me of course! Behind your major appliances, sinks and toilets are hidden heros – flexi hoses. They are usually stainless steel fabricated hoses that connect both hot and cold water to your appliances. Without flexi hoses we wouldn’t have these luxuries.
If they’re not maintained, hoses can easily burst, causing thousands of dollars of damage. One of the most common reasons people make home insurance claims is because they have a broken flexi hose.
- Check your hoses every few months for any signs of corrosion or brown patches.
- Run your fingers along the hose to feel for any changes in the pipe. Be careful through – metal fibres can be sharp if they have started to unravel.
- If you have home insurance, check your policy to see if it’s covered for flood insurance. It’s always good to have peace of mind if any pipes ever burst.
- If you see any discolouration or damage, get a plumber to check the pipes. They’ll recommend if the pipes need replacement.
They look a bit scary, but here are some recent photos of flexi hoses I replaced.
(L – almost burst. R – burst)