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Flexible Braided metal water pipe hoses can fail spectacularly leading to flooding causing a lot of damage. Why does this happen and is there something I can look out for to prevent this?


Now here's a topic that is literally very close to home for me. Several years ago, after being away for a few days I returned to my own house to find it steaming like a sauna. One of my flexible hoses had split and had been spraying a mist of hot water throughout the top floor continually for around 48 hours. The damage caused by hot water flooding my home was around $50,000! Even though this can happen to anyone, as a plumber with over 20 years experience it was a hard and embarrassing lesson to learn. It caused months of inconvenience, but was very preventable and an experience you don't have to go through if you follow some simple advice.

Protect Your Home: The Hidden Dangers of Braided Hoses and How to Prevent Burst Pipes

These hoses, known as flexible braided pipes, are an essential component found under sinks and vanities, as well as in the connections between toilet taps and cisterns. These pipes have been relatively new additions to plumbing systems in Australia, with their usage becoming more common in the last 15-20 years. While they offer advantages such as quicker and cheaper installation, it is essential to note that they have been identified as a significant contributor to household insurance claims in the country.

The lifespan of these braided hoses is typically around five years, and they are typically rated to withstand pressure up to 500kpa. However, it’s worth noting that many houses in Australia can easily exceed this pressure threshold. When the water pressure exceeds the hose’s rating, the hose is likely to burst. This bursting can lead to significant water damage and subsequent insurance claims.

To mitigate the risks associated with these hoses, it is recommended to have them replaced every five years. Additionally, installing a pressure limiting valve in your plumbing system can help prevent excessive water pressure, thereby reducing the chances of hose bursts. This valve regulates the water pressure and ensures it remains within safe limits.

Furthermore, it is advisable to install shut-off or mini taps when using these flexible hoses. These taps enable quick and easy isolation of the water supply in case of a hose burst or other plumbing emergencies. Being able to promptly shut off the water can help minimize water damage and its associated costs.

By implementing these three simple and relatively inexpensive measures—replacing the hoses every five years, installing a pressure limiting valve, and incorporating shut-off or mini taps—, you can significantly reduce the likelihood of experiencing a burst pipe. These proactive steps contribute to safeguarding your property from water damage and potentially costly insurance claims.

It is crucial to prioritize the safety of your home. Take action now and protect your plumbing system from potential dangers. Get in touch with The Plumbing & Electrical Doctor for reliable assistance from our team of trained and licensed plumbers who can offer expert advice.


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