A recent study has shown that water damage to homes is the leading cause of household insurance claims. This can be a huge financial burden, not to mention the stress caused by dealing with such an issue in your home.
Water damage costs homeowners tens of thousands of dollars on average and puts them at risk for all kinds of health problems. Luckily, there are ways you can avoid this problem!
Yes, you can make a claim on your insurance, it is not an overnight process, plus your insurance premiums will go up as well.
You would probably have to move out for a few weeks until the mess is cleared and everything is fully repaired, so it can be a significant disruption.
According to the insurer IAG, flexible hoses are responsible for 22% of Australia’s damage claims in the year 2016.
What you may not know is that flexible hoses typically only for about five years before they need to be replaced.
Even then you would still be wise to have your plumber check them every two years for signs of wear and damage.
A solution to the issue is the Flexible Water Connector with a flood stopper valve.
The Flood Stopper is generally installed under the basins and sinks where most of the catastrophic failure occurs.
It’s a small valve that activates when there is an uncontrolled release of water at high pressure which typically indicates a burst flexi-hose.
The flood stopper instantly shuts the water off.
The leak would not be any more than a cup of water at the most, which is really minuscule compared to the water lost due to a typical burst hose pipe.
Once you replace the hose, the flood stopper valve is reset to its original position.
Advantages of Flood Stopper
The flood stopper as its name indicates, prevents a torrent of water that would otherwise overwhelm your home in case of a leak or worst a total burst water pipe.
Here are a few advantages of flood stoppers:
- The breaks in the hose usually happen overnight or when you leave for vacations. By then, your home would have a few feet of water from those burst pipes. Flood stoppers prevent damage to your home by shutting off the valve, stopping the release of water.
- You can save thousands of dollars otherwise spent on repairing damages caused due to flood.
- It has a rapid response such that only maybe a cup of water leaks before the valve shuts down.
A flexible hose connects the tapware underneath kitchen and bathroom sinks.
After a few years, the wear and tear can cause the flexible hose to breakdown and burst, letting out hundreds of litres of water.
A flood stopper valve detects the unusual flow of water and status down, thereby controlling the flow of water. The leak, in this case, is minimum and negligible.
If it’s been a while since you’ve inspected your flexible hoses, call our team of expert Gold Coast plumbers today!