Braided supply failures are more common than you think, and they are creating havoc in the homes of Calgarians.
They connect water supplies to your home’s toilets, dishwashers, and other appliances. As Calgary Plumbers for over 50 years, we have seen many things, but it is important for us to warn you of the risk of braided supply lines.
Unfortunately, they have a high rate of failure, and we urge you to check to see whether they have been installed within your home.
My relatives have fallen foul of the risks associated with braided supply line failures, and the consequences can be pretty damming when water damage strikes.
I want you to be aware of the causes of these failures, how to recognize warning signs and the measures you can take to protect your property and well-being.
Understanding Braided Supply Lines
As mentioned above, braided supply lines are hoses that connect our water supply pipes to fixtures such as faucets, toilets, and appliances.
They were ideal due to the convenience and flexibility of installation.
They are now causing havoc to homeowners and insurance companies due to a high failure rate. Over time, a few things can cause them to wear out, resulting in leaks, flooding, and severe water damage.
We have encountered homes in Calgary where the water has caused over $100,000 in damages.
Common Reasons for Failures in Braided Supply Lines
1. Aging and Wear: braided supply lines have a premature failure rate due to being more prone to cracking and leaking.
2. Corrosion; The connectors and fittings used in these supply lines can corrode over time due to water composition, primarily if you reside in an area with hard water like Calgary. Corrosion weakens the fittings, thereby increasing the risk of failure.
3. Excessive Water Pressure; When water pressure is excessively high, it strains the supply lines and can lead to bursting or rupturing. This is particularly concerning in plumbing systems that lack pressure regulation.
Warning Signs of Failure
Identifying potential issues before a failure occurs is crucial in preventing extensive damage. Keep an eye out for these warning signs:
Signs of Possible Leaks; If you notice any moisture, puddles or water stains, near fixtures or connections it could be a sign that there might be a leak in the supply line.
Indications of Pressure Build up; Keep an eye out for braided lines that seem swollen bulging or distorted as it could indicate that they are under pressure and might fail soon.
Clues of Weakening; Take note of any discoloration, rust or corrosion, on the connectors or fittings as it may suggest that they are becoming weaker.
Protecting Your Home and Investment
To reduce the chances of braided supply line failures here are some measures you can take;
Regular Inspection; It’s important to check all your supply lines for any signs of wear, corrosion or damage. If you notice any deterioration make sure to replace those lines
Install Pressure Regulators; You might want to consider installing pressure regulators. They help maintain water pressure levels and prevent strain on your supply lines.
Replace Old Lines; If your home has plumbing it’s an idea to be proactive and replace the braided supply lines, with new high quality ones that are designed to cope with modern demands.
Professional Installation; Make sure that you have qualified plumbing professionals properly install your supply lines. This will minimize the risks of kinks or misalignment occurring.
Emergency Shut off Valve; Installing an emergency shut off valve, near your fixtures is highly recommended. It allows you to quickly stop the water flow in case there’s a line failure.
The ripple effect of braided supply line failures
The effects of braided supply line failures go beyond the damage, to a home. They can disrupt the sanctuary where cherished memories are made.
These incidents may seem insignificant to those that have not seen the damages firsthand but they can have consequences that impact not only the property itself but also the homeowners financial stability.
The Devastating Consequences of Failures, in Braided Supply Lines
When a braided supply line malfunctions the aftermath can be extremely severe causing a domino effect of problems that go beyond inconvenience;
Water Damage; If a braided supply line bursts or leaks it can release an amount of water rapidly. This water can saturate floors, walls and personal belongings. The resulting water damage can weaken the integrity of the property promote the growth of mold and compromise the safety of the home.
Property Destruction; Flooding caused by a malfunctioning supply line can lead to damage to furniture, electronics and personal belongings. Homeowners may suffer loss as a result.
Health Risks; Excessive moisture from water damage creates an environment that’s ideal for mold growth. This poses health hazards for occupants those, with allergies or respiratory conditions.
Displacement and Disruption; Severe water damage may render the home temporarily uninhabitable. This forces homeowners to find accommodation while repairs are carried out.
Understanding Homeowners Insurance Policies
Homeowners insurance serves as a safety net, for situations. The coverage for issues related to braided supply line failures can vary based on the specifics of each policy. Here are some important considerations for homeowners;
Standard Coverage; Homeowners insurance policies include protection against accidental water damage resulting from burst pipes. However it is crucial to ensure that the cause of the loss aligns with the terms stated in your policy.
Gradual Damage; Many insurance companies do not cover water losses that occur over an extended time period. If a slow leak from a braided supply line over time leads to damage then it may not be covered.
Negligence and Maintenance; Insurance companies may reject claims if they determine that the failure was due to negligence or insufficient maintenance. Regularly inspecting and maintaining your supply lines is essential to avoid any disputes regarding coverage.
Check for the presence of braided supply lines in your home.
Consider the risks and contact us if you want them replaced.
These precautions are especially vital to safeguarding your investment, ensuring your peace of mind, and maintaining the comfort of your living space.
By understanding the causes, recognizing warning signs, and taking preventive measures, you can enjoy a worry-free plumbing system that stands the test of time. Remember, a stitch in time saves nine – a simple effort today can prevent a plumbing catastrophe tomorrow.