Leaky flexible braided hoses have caused a plumbing nightmare for some homeowners. Flexible braided hoses that connect to more rigid pipes have been the source of flooding and dangerous gas leaks when they fail. They first started to be installed about 15 years ago, in the place of copper pipes, and have become extremely widespread in residential construction and renovation. Have you suffered flooding from a broken flexible braided hose? Contact us Cathi Lane's Pukehina bach, near Tauranga, flooded in September last year thanks to a leaky flexi hose, but luckily someone was staying there to alert her of the damage. "We only visit our bach every few weeks, so if we hadn't have had someone staying there at that particular time, we would have had lots more damage." According to Australian research done by IAG insurance , flexible braided hoses accounted for more than one in five water damage claims lodged by Australian households in 2016. After 10 years, the risk a pipe would burst increases significantly, the research found. The hoses Lane had were nine years old. Hoses under building code are only required to last five years, though this code is not policed. Told by her plumber than there had been a sudden rise in the number of plumbing leaks and floods in the area, Lane chalked it up to seismic activity on the Edgecumbe fault loosening the pipes, but said now she was not so sure. Lane's damage was covered by her insurer, Initio Insurance. Ian Thomson was not as lucky. Two years ago his pipes burst causing water to seep through the tile grout and swell the floor boards. His insurance covered the repair following the burst pipes, but identified a slow leak from his shower which had caused the floor to rot, which was not covered. Thomson said he paid $5000 to remove the flooring, replace the shower, and plaster the walls and flooring around it. John Hollway used flexible braided hoses to pipe gas to his water heater. Two months after he installed the pipes, he said he would smell gas as he passed his gas bottles.
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