The number one call we get from a water disaster when folks have been on vacation is from connection hoses bursting. When they burst the water just goes and goes and there is nothing there to shut it off. It could run for hours, days or even weeks. After a beautiful vacation can you imagine coming home to a house flooded with 4 inches of water covering your entire floor? Well these are true stories and they do happen to our customers and our restoration contractors. A good way to prevent that from happening is checking the condition or the quality of your hoses.
Any connection hose will weaken over time. There is a lot of pressure inside them constantly. These hoses can be found in places like the dishwasher, ice maker line or washing machine. Over time they will weaken, bulge and burst.
Quality of hoses really matter. The less expensive they are is a good way to tell you it isn’t the best quality. Remember you always get what you pay for!
Types of hoses:
Vinyl hoses are the least expensive and aren’t made to last very long. We do not recommend these in any application.
Rubber hoses are better quality than vinyl, but aren’t what we recommend either. These will wear out on the inside first. By the time the wear shows on the outside it has already been corroded and eaten away on the inside and is worn out. They will increase in size and expand over time, creating a bulge that will eventually burst. We find these at wash machine connections primarily and always advise homeowners to have them replaced.
Stainless steel hoses are what you want! We always use these stainless steel braided hoses, which are rubber on the inside and reinforced with steel on the outside.
We recommend changing out any hose that is not stainless steel and also replacing all hoses after 5 years. They eventually wear out with all the pressure inside of them over time. We can help you with this, it’s definitely worth the peace of mind!