How to prevent water damage in your home from flexi hoses
Water damage from flexi hose leaks and burst pipes can cause thousands of dollars in damage to your home. Here's how to prevent water damage in your home.
When we think of water damage to the home, what often springs to mind is winter storms with windows left open, broken roof tiles, or other damage caused by a leaky shower or burst kitchen tap.
However, a lot of water damage in the home is caused by an under-the-sink product known as a flexi hose: a popular, cheap, and convenient rubber pipe encased in stainless steel, which is widely used in kitchens, laundries and bathroom sinks as they can be easily bent into shape to fit piping.
Flexi hoses, particularly the hot water hose, are the most common cause of internal water leaks in homes. Depending on the appliance they're connected to, such as washing machines and dishwashers, flexi hoses can cause significant damage when they burst. RACV Trades were called to nearly 5,000 homes in 2021 due to burst pipes, and almost 7,500 homes where the tap could not be turned off.
While RACV Home Buildings and Contents Insurance will cover you for insured events such as water leaks from baths and toilets, burst flexi hoses and pipes, and blocked gutters, water damage can be prevented if you know what to look for and be proactive with home maintenance.