How to Fix a Burst Flexible Hose: A Guide for Perth Homeowners
Are you facing a burst flexible hose in your home? Dealing with plumbing disasters like this can be stressful, costly, and downright frustrating. However, the good news is that you’ve come to the right place to address the issue. This blog aims to guide Australian households with straightforward steps to fix a burst flexible hose, as well as to discuss the causes behind these bursts and how to detect a leak. By following our guidance, you’ll be able to get your leak under control and prevent any further damage to your home.
What is a flexible hose?
A flexible hose is a type of tubing used to transport liquids from one spot to another. Usually, a flexible hose is made of some form of flexible material such as rubber, PVC or stainless steel braiding; which allows the hose to bend without breaking. Flexible hoses are commonly used in plumbing systems, and you will likely find them connecting fixtures and appliances such as your faucets, toilet, water heater and washing machine in your house. These flexible hoses are then connected to the main water supply.
Common causes of a burst flexible hose
It’s possible for flexible hoses to burst for a number of reasons, and usually, it’s a combination of factors that causes the final burst. Some of the common risk factors for a burst flexible hose include:
- Age: With age often comes wear, which means the materials that your flexible hose is made of can deteriorate due to long-term exposure to water, pressure, and temperature changes. Wear and tear over the years can weaken the hose and can, in time, lead to bursting.
- Low-quality materials: If poor-quality hoses have been used within your home, this could lead to a burst. Poor quality hoses made from the wrong materials will not be able to withstand the pressure of regular use.
- High water pressure: High water pressure can put extra strain on a flexible hose, causing it to expand and weaken over time. If the water pressure is too high, the hose could eventually burst.
- Corrosion: Often, metal components within a flexible hose (like the connectors or fittings) can corrode over time, which is even more likely if exposed to harsh chemicals but can also occur due to constant exposure to moisture. Corrosion weakens the flexible hose, once again making it vulnerable to bursting.
- Kinking: Sometimes, when a flexible hose is not properly installed, it can become kinked or twisted, eventually leading to a burst.
- Damage from external sources: External sources like sharp objects, rodents, or food traffic, can damage a flexible hose. Over time this can lead to punctures and, eventually, a burst.
Signs of a burst flexible hose and how to identify them
It’s essential to take action on a burst flexi hose as soon as possible to avoid flooding and extensive water damage to your home. That means it’s also essential to be able to recognise a burst flexible hose. So consider the following tips for identifying a burst flexi hose:
- Change in water pressure: If you notice a sudden drop in water pressure in your home, this could be a sign of a burst hose.
- Water accumulation: If unexplained water has begun pooling around fixtures or appliances that are connected to a flexible hose, this could also be a sign of a burst flexi hose.
- Water stains: If you notice water stains or damage on your walls, ceilings and floors, it could indicate that a hose has burst behind these surfaces. You may also notice peeling paint or warping of building materials.
- Mould growth: Mould thrives in a moist environment, so if you have noticed mould of mildew growth in areas where flexible hoses are also used, this could be another sign of a burst hose.
- Strange noise: If you notice any strange noises like hissing, gurgling or dripping coming from inside your walls, floors or ceilings, it’s possible this is the sound of water escaping from a burst hose.
- Unexplained increase in water bills: Burst hoses allow for water to be continuously escaping; if you notice an increase in your water bills, it could be because of a burst flexible hose.
- Flooding: If you notice a large amount of water flooding onto your floors and surrounding surfaces, this is a tell-tale sign of a burst flexi pipe and should be considered a plumbing emergency.
Step-by-step instructions on how to fix a leak in a flexible hose
If you are hoping to try mending burst pipes on your own, there are a few simple steps you will need to follow to get the job done. It’s important to fix a leaking flexible hose ASAP; otherwise, the hose will become a ticking time bomb for extensive water damage to your home.
However, unless you have plumbing experience, we always recommend calling in a professional to do the job. This ensures it is repaired correctly the first time, and safeguards the system for the future.
The steps for repairing a flexi hose pipe are as follows:
- Turn off your main water supply
- Drain the hose — you can do this by opening the faucet connected to the hose to empty any residual water pressure in the hose.
- Identify the leak’s location — inspect the hose to locate the leak; often, leaks are located in the connections or fittings.
- Disconnect the hose — you may need to use an adjustable wrench to disconnect the hose from the fixture or appliance. Be gentle when disconnecting the hose.
- Clean the fittings — look over the fittings for any damage or signs of corrosion. It the fittings appear to be in fair condition, clean them using a cloth or gentle brush to remove any buildup that may be causing the leak.
- Repair or replace the hose — if the leak stems from the hose itself, you are best off replacing the entire hose with a new hose, remembering to invest in a high-quality flexible hose that can withstand pressure. It’s recommended to replace a flexible hose rather than attempt to repair it, as the cost and complexity of repairs aren’t worth it. If the leak is instead stemming from a connection or fitting, you may be able to fix it by replacing the washer, gasket or O-ring that is inside the fitting. When fully replacing a flexi hose, its always best conducted by a professional plumber to ensure the hose is fitted the way it should be.
- Reconnect the hose — gently reconnect the hose to the fixture or appliance. Use the adjustable wrench to tighten, ensuring it’s secure but don’t overtighten, as this could damage the threads and cause future leaks.
- Turn on the water supply — slowly turn the water supply back on and test for any signs of leaks. If there are no signs of leaks, increase the pressure gradually.
Preventative measures to avoid future flexible hose bursts
- Regular plumbing inspections
- Choose high-quality hoses
- Ensure a professional plumber properly installs hoses
- Monitor your water pressure (it’s possible to install a pressure-reducing valve if needed)
- Replace ageing hoses
- Avoid over-tightening connections
- Book regular plumbing maintenance
Is it time to call in the professionals?
In case you encounter a damaged hose under your kitchen sink or any of your bathroom sinks that you cannot fix on your own, it might be time to seek professional help. Fortunately, Proud Plumbing is available to assist you. Whether you have a burst flexi hose or any other plumbing emergency, do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced team. We are ready to provide you with the necessary support to get your plumbing system back to full functionality again.