How a $10 pipe can cost thousands in water damage to your home

One of the most common causes of internal flooding in a home is from a burst flexible water hose, or ‘flex hose’, an increasingly common plumbing item.

The flex hose connects plumbing from the water main to major appliances, sinks and toilets, and has come into the spotlight as one of the top reasons a home floods — from water leakages and ruptures, to major water bursts.

Consider these recommendations to keep your home flood zone free:

  • Flex hoses have a limited lifespan and should be replaced every five years.
  • If you purchase a product with a flex-hose, be sure to check the warranty period
  • Have new flex hoses installed by a licensed plumber, which will more likely safeguard your home from ruptures and leaks.
  • Schedule an appointment with a licensed plumber to check  your current flex hoses and ensure the integrity of the product, approximate age and when they should be replaced.
  • Schedule regular self-maintenance checks of all flex hoses and if one is compromised, assume they all require replacement.
    • Regularly check your flex hose connections: Feel along the outside braided casing with your hands; check for cracks or tears.
    • Check around the appliances, inside bathroom vanities, under sinks and around toilet cisterns for any signs of water leakage.
    • Make sure all flex hose connectors remain tight and intact.
  • Turn off the water main when you plan time away from home, even if just for a weekend. And be sure everyone in your home knows how to turn off the water main in an emergency.