Braided pipes are a leading cause of water damage – check yours before it’s too late

Braided pipes sit beneath the sinks, hidden in cupboards, of thousands of kitchens and bathrooms across Australia. They are also a common way of connecting the water supply to the cistern in older toilets. These pipes have grown in popularity as they are low cost and can easily be bent into shape to suit various configurations.

And for many properties, braided pipes are an excellent choice. But, it appears that they do have a limited lifespan with the risk of the braided pipe bursting increasing dramatically after 10 years. Figures from insurer IAG suggest that burst braided pipes are responsible for 1 in 5 water damage claims lodged by Australian households in 2016.

So, what can you do to prevent coming home and finding your home flooded?

Check your braided pipes regularly

The appearance of rust is one of the first signs that your braided pipe is no longer fit for purpose and needs to be replaced by a licensed plumber. Other warning signs are bulges in the hose and unravelling metal braiding. If you find signs of deterioration, call a plumber straight away– and if you need to leave the house before the plumber comes, it is a good idea to disconnect the water supply.

Does your braided pipe have an expiry date printed on it?

Most braided pipes have an expiry date printed on the collar. For most newer braided pipes, this will be 10 years, but some earlier braided pipes had a warranty period of only 5 years. If your braided pipe has passed its expiry date or is getting close, it’s time to get it replaced as soon as possible.

Consider installing stop valves

Stop valves can be installed on all water connections with braided pipes, which can automatically cut off the water supply if the hose bursts or ruptures. A less expensive option is installing mini-stop valves on these water connections that can be manually operated. These won’t cut off the water supply automatically but could reduce the damage compared to racing outside to turn off water at the mains.

Make sure your home insurance includes flood coverage

Should the worst happen and you come home to a disaster, it’s good to know that you’re covered. Make sure that your home insurance policy includes flood cover so that you’re not stuck with an expensive repair bill.

Do you need your braided pipes checked and replaced by a licensed plumber?

Jahli Plumbing is a licensed plumber, operating on Sydney’s northern beaches and surrounds. We can check your braided pipes and replace any that are at risk, so you can have peace of mind. Phone Julian on 0406 008 985 to find out how we can help you.