Reminder to check hoses

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Reminder to check hoses

There is nothing that will ruin your day faster than a burst hose in your home.  Recent personal experience reinforced this for me, and I wanted to pass on a warning to all my clients,  contacts, and friends  to help you avoid a similar situation.

Both the issues outlined here are designed to help you avoid an unwanted water problem in your own home, as these hazards are common and exist in many homes, even well maintained ones!

Dishwasher Feed Hoses

The Problem:


BEWARE – Braided hoses are not all created equal.In this case, the original hose (less than 5 years old) chafed on the hole it passed through from under the kitchen sink to the dishwasher.  The result was a burst hose spraying hot water all through the kitchen cabinet that in minutes soaked the cabinet, the floor and the ceiling below.  We were very lucky to be home at the time and had the water shut off within minutes of hearing the problem, and the damage was minor.

If we had been out, or had not reacted as quickly as we did, we would have had substantial damage to the hardwood floor, the ceiling in the room below, and probably to the structure of the cabinet.

Although it appears to be a stainless braided hose, in reality it was not as shown by further testing the braid with a multi-meter.

The Fix:

Inspect your dishwasher feed where it goes through the side or base of the cabinet, and if it is showing any signs of wear, replace the hose with a good quality hose.  Make sure you are getting a stainless steel braid on the hose.


To protect the hose where it goes through, adding a sleeve to protect it from chafing is recommended, even if your current supply hose appears to be in good shape.  The one shown in the photo below is simply a piece of 1” reinforced clear vinyl tubing that was slipped over the hose and pushed through the hole so that there was several inches extending from either side of the hole.

I urge you to look under every sink and toilet in your house to check your supply hoses anywhere they may pass through the wall of a cabinet.  This situation is NOT limited to dishwashers, but is most common in this location. 


The Problem:

Most of us do not turn off the taps supplying water to our washing machines when we go out, or even when we go away on holidays.  In some cases, the taps are not readily accessible, but mostly we just forget to do it.

Little known, but true, is that MOST Appliance manufacturers recommend replacing the original rubber braided hoses every 5 years but very few people do this. ( Note caution printed right on this washer supply hose)



Note says  “replace hose every 5 years”

The Fix:

 This is quite possibly the easiest, cheapest improvement you can make to your plumbing systems:

Good quality stainless steel braided supply hoses specifically designed to replace the ones supplied with your washer are available at most home improvement stores.  They simply screw on to the threaded connections at the tap, and at the rear of the machine, and can be easily replaced in about 5 minutes by anyone who can connect a garden hose to a tap! 

They are far less prone to burst failure than the original equipment hoses.  Cost is usually less than $30.00 for both hoses.

This investment is good insurance, but in addition, I urge you to ensure that you turn off the water supply to your washer, ideally, every time you are finished using it, but at least when you are going to be out of the house for more than a short while.  When going away for a few days or more, shut off the main water supply, and turn the water heater down or off entirely.

This information provided by Cris Hemingway of CAHPI(BC)