Over the past three years almost 10,000 claims have been lodged with RACQ for water damage to homes.
RACQ data revealed a common cause of the claims were burst pipes and hoses connected to dishwashers and taps which had caused extensive damage to homes, with the costs of the average claim jumping by 20%.
RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said the Club found flexi hoses, which were installed in many Queensland homes, resulted in a spike in claims.
“Most home owners don’t realise this particular product is prone to bursting and needs to be replaced, otherwise it might result in a leak,” Ms Ross said.
“It’s important to get under the sink or ask a plumber to check whether you have a flexi hose installed and if it’s nearing expiry.
“By doing a few simple checks you can reduce your risk of encountering a waterlogged home.”
Flexi hoses are flexible hoses and rubber pipes which are surrounded by braided lengths of stainless steel. They’re cheap, widely used around the home and mostly used with:
Flexi hoses have a limited working life and should be checked bi-annually. The risk of bursting and flooding a home increases dramatically around the 10-year mark. The damage caused can be extreme, with water flooding your house in a matter of seconds, leading to ruined cabinets, walls, floors, and mould which, in some extreme cases, can make your home uninhabitable.
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