Flexi Hoses are commonplace in our homes, but do you know what they are and why we all have them?
Flexible Water Hoses (Flexi Hoses) are just that – flexible water hoses to connect water to tap fixtures. They are fabricated steel that have been used to replace copper pipe installations. The flexibility they have allows for the pipes to be bent into the shape required for the necessary shape. Whilst this flexibility far surpasses that of the copper pipes they are replacing, the flexi hoses to have a life span.
So how can you prevent them rupturing at your property?
1. Have a Plumber install them
There are many issues when installing a flexi hose that need to be avoided, and the only way to do that is by employing a plumber to do it. If the hose is too loose or too tight then it is very susceptible to rupturing. It is also important to note that these hoses are easy to over tighten or cross thread which can fracture the rubber seal connection – causing a big issue in the near future
2. Check the hoses every few months
Firstly, be aware of where in the house you have flexi hoses – are they under all of your basins or only some? They could be installed all over your house. Once you are familiar with the location of your flexi hoses, it is important to inspect them regularly. You can start by visually inspecting them and seeing if there are any rust patches or bulges in the pipe.
If you notice any of these things occurring, call RTL Plumbing IMMEDIATELY to prevent flooding your house. Do not wait until it is too late:
3. If you are unsure, have a Plumber check them
The most important part of Flexi Hoses is being sure they are in good working order. If you are unsure or are not confident in your ability to check them, then get a plumbers opinion! If you don’t know whether they were installed correctly to begin with or how old they are, we recommend you have a plumber come out and ensure they are functioning well
4. Make sure your Insurance covers flooding
Flexi hoses are known for rupturing and often cause floods throughout homes – especially if they are not checked on and burst suddenly. If the worst case scenario happens and you do need emergency help, make sure your home insurance covers it so you do not have a costly repair you have to fund out of nowhere!
For more help or questions, contact us today!