Flex Hose 101 Blog

Flexi-hose horror stories are commonplace in a lot of households. We’ve all heard the stories about flooded laundries, bathrooms, kitchens and the expensive repairs that follow. Alarmingly, flex-hose breakages are a key culprit when it comes to household flooding and the ensuing water damage. Lucky for you, this mishap is entirely preventable with the right equipment.

What is a flexi-hose?

Flexi-hoses are known by a few names; water hose, braided water hose and flexible water hose are some of the most common ones. Essentially, they all refer to the same piece of equipment; the hose that connects water from pipes to an appliance. Think along the lines of your dishwasher, washing machine, fridge, toilet or sink; all of these appliances or items require a flexi-hose of sorts to transport the water to make it functional. Undoubtedly, every home has at least one flexi-hose, so it’s important to know what it is and how to manage it. The trouble only comes when the flexi-hose is damaged, causing water to leak or pour out, depending on the severity of the breakage. Braided water hoses, or flexi-hoses, are an essential piece of equipment in the home. It’s not something where you can mitigate the risk of damage by simply removing it, because it’s essential. As such, a better solution is needed. Nowadays, better products are readily available, so homeowners should work with their plumber to ensure they’re using the best product possible.

What causes a braided water-hose to break?

Flexible water hose breakages are a well-known issue. In fact, according to insurance company Racq Living, almost 10,000 claims have been lodged in the last three years pertaining to water damage in the home, with burst pipes and hoses as a common cause for damage. So what causes this breakage?

Historically, flexi-hoses were made from a less durable EPDM material which was at risk of rust, corrosion and eventual breakage. These hoses were not designed to last a decade or more, however many homeowners were unaware of this, and as such, rarely had their water hose installations checked by a professional. To avoid any damage at hands of a burst hose, it’s wise to have flexi-hoses checked every couple of years and replaced every five years.

Flexible water hoses are now available in a range of options, from cheap through to premium. Plumbers now have the choice to use products that are not only burst proof but rust proof as well, directly addressing the main cause of breakage. A favourite of ours is the range of Bromic’s PEX PROTM water hoses. These hoses are manufactured with an extremely high-density polyethylene burst-proof inner core covered with a marine grade stainless steel braid, providing a durable, burst-proof and rust-proof solution. A win for everyone involved!

Why choose a PEX PROTM Water Hose?

Bromic’s range of PEX PROTM water hoses are beneficial for multiple reasons. First and foremost, they work better than any older water hose, reducing the risk of rusting, breaking or bursting. Additionally, PEX PROTM hoses meet the highest mechanical and hygiene standards and the PEX PROTM material complies with AS/NZS 4020 testing of products for use in contact with drinking water.

In terms of installation benefits, Bromic’s PEX PROTM water hose nut connections are larger, allowing for a better, more secure fit. The 316 marine grade stainless steel braided hose allows for superior bend capacity, which allows for more flexibility when installing. The PEX PROTM water hoses are watermark approved to AS/NZS 3499:2006 water supply.

Lastly, Bromic PEX PROTM water hoses include fifteen years of warranty, providing long-term peace of mind.

Burst water hoses are a thing of the past with Bromic’s PEX PROTM braided flexi hoses. With a range of shapes and sizes available, this range is every good plumber’s hose of choice. To view the product range, click here. Or to get in touch with a Bromic customer service representative, contact them here.