Here we are again approaching Christmas holidays. It amazes me how quickly this time of year comes around! It’s a time of year many of us travel away to see family or just get away for a summer holiday.
When it comes to leaving the house unattended for an extended period of time, there is one plumbing-related thing you can do before you leave the house. It’s a simple one. Just turn off your water meter.
The reason being, if you look under any kitchen sink, vanity basin or toilet, you will likely see a braided flexible hose connection. However, these aren’t without risk to your home. If not checked and maintained, you could end up with a burst flexi-hose which can cause extensive water damage to a property. You may be surprised to learn that flexi-hoses are the main cause of internal water damage in Australian homes. The reason these older style flexi-hoses burst is due to the rubber tubing inside the stainless steel braid expanding under pressure, and the stainless steel braid failing to prevent expansion. This expansion will cause the tube to bulge and eventually burst. Generally, stainless-steel flexible hoses need replacing every 5 to 10 years. Look for signs of ageing, rust spots, fraying of the braid, and also bulging. If you do notice any of these signs, please do not hesitate to give us a call. We’ll have a licenced plumber attend and inspect all the flexible hose connections in your house and renew with new burst-proof flexible hoses.
Have a Merry Christmas and safe holidays.