Flexi-houses Give You Wet Feet!

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The flexi-hoses are the ones you will find under your vanity, sink connecting the water to your toilet in most modern homes. They are a rubber hose covered in a type of braided mesh. When the mesh becomes weak the water pressure will slowly push the rubber hoses through the mesh – eventually the hose will either burst under pressure or be cut by the mesh – or a combination of both.

Below is what a flexi-hose looks like.

Given that the vast majority seem to happening under vanities etc. you don’t tend to hear the water running, nor find out about it until it’s too late. Of course if it happens during the night while you’re sleeping, or while you are work during the day – then it could be many hours before a discovery is made.

1000’s of litres of water can be delivered throughout the home causing much damage to the property itself and to the belongings of those who reside there.

There is little warning that this will happen – all you can do is remain ever vigilant. From our experience it appears that most have a life span of approximately 7 years or more – there is nothing definite or scientific about that fact – it’s just the age of the properties we’ve had this experience with.

Our advice is:

  1. Firstly, if you’re a tenant, periodically check to see if there are any changes – hose swelling / excess moisture on hose etc. that could cause rust spots. Please report your concerns to your property manager.
  2. Secondly, check your insurance. Property investors must carry building insurance and tenants should carry house and contents insurance – the property owner is not responsible for your property even in these circumstances.
  3. If you’re a property investor – consider having these hoses inspected or even replaced every 5 or 6 years by a licenced plumber – this is far less expensive than the alternative.

If you are concerned in any way, please contact our office and speak to one of our friendly Property Managers. The property managers will be conducting their ongoing routines and will be continuing to monitor this issue moving forward.

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Author: Lachlan Evans
Job title: Principal
Date: 18/02/2016
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