Flexible braided hoses, also known as flexi hoses, are rubber pipes encased in braided lengths of stainless steel. They are easily bent into shape are widely used under kitchen and bathroom sinks. The bad news is that when they are a few years old, they can suddenly burst. The good news is that there are signs they may need replacing.
Here's what you can do:
- Check the hose regularly for any kinks or twists.
- Look for any rust spots.
- Check the hose to ensure there are no lose or broken braids.
The hoses last for about 5 years, so check them regularly for any damage. Make sure that any new hoses are installed by a licensed plumber and show everyone in your home where the main water valve is located; this way, the water can be turned off quickly in the event of a burst hose.