Flexible braided pipes are responsible for more than 20% of home water damage claims in just Australia alone.
The flexi hose is a plumbing connection from the water main to major appliances and sinks to replace copper pipes. These hoses are also used on toilets to replace the copper pipe connecting water from the stop tap to the cistern.
Flexi pipes are very versatile and are often used to save time and money, however long term it could potentially cause a lot of issues, leading to major damage to your home, such as leaks, ruptures and flooding.
Due to these flexi pipes only having a shelf life of 5-10 years, regular maintenance should be carried out. A homeowner can easily check for themselves by visually inspecting for freys, corrosion and general wear and tear.
If anything looks suspicious, it’s important to call a suitably qualified plumber for correct maintenance and replacement.
As a general rule flexible pipes should be replaced every 5-10 years depending on the brand. They should be watermarked and compliant with relevant standards: AS/NZS 3499