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More Blog Posts about Plumbing:

  1. Should I upgrade to a tankless water heater?

  2. Do home inspectors test all the appliances?

  3. Why does my well pump turn on and off every time I use water?

  4. How old is that water heater?

  5. My air conditioner won’t turn on. What’s wrong?

  6. Should I wrap the water heater with an insulation blanket?

  7. What’s the powdery crust on the pipe connections at the water heater?

  8. Do you check the plumbing under the floor slab?

  9. Do I have polybutylene pipe? Why is it a problem?

  10. What is causing a foggy haze on my windows?

  11. What is that big thing in the toilet tank?

  12. How do I remove cigarette odor in a house?

  13. What is the difference between water service pipe and water supply pipe?

  14. What’s the flip-up handle on the water heater for?

  15. How come the water has a rotten-egg smell in some empty houses?

  16. My well water test came back positive for bacteria. What should I do?

  17. Do you test the well water?

  18. What is the difference between a regular water heater and a power vent water heater?

  19. How can I tell what type of plumbing pipe I have?

  20. How do you test a shower pan for leaks?

  21. Why is my water heater making strange (rumbling, gurgling, knocking or banging) noises?

  22. What is that pipe sticking out of the ground in the yard?

  23. What are the most common plumbing problems with older houses?

  24. What are the common problems to look for when the plumbing has been replaced in a house?

  25. What is the average life expectancy of copper pipe?

  26. Why is a double cylinder deadbolt lock on an exterior door a safety hazard?

  27. What is the steepest residential stair allowed?

  28. Why is a European-style bottle trap not approved by the plumbing codes in the U.S.?

  29. What is the average life expectancy of CPVC pipe?

  30. What is an escutcheon plate?

  31. Should I seal the washing machine drain hose to the standpipe?

  32. What is a sediment trap or dirt leg?

  33. Is a hot water faucet required at a washing machine?

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   Hoses with a braided web of stainless steel strands encasing them are available at home improvement and hardware stores. A package of a pair hoses, like the ones shown installed below, costs under $25. While they do not guarantee no hose failures, the hoses dramatically reduce the probability. 

   There are several additional features that can be added to the braided stainless hoses, such as a right-angle elbow to avoid crimping of the hose at an end, and a Floodstop® patented device that shuts off the water supply when a leak is noted. The gadget is battery-powered, however, which means one more thing to keep up with or it won’t work. We suggest simply changing hoses to braided stainless steel, possibly with the right-angle elbow if necessary because of a tight space behind the washer, as an adequate and sensible safety upgrade for your home.

   It’s also important to get the right length hose and allow enough space between the wall and the machine to avoid kinks. About four inches is right.

   Corrosion at the hose connection fittings is a second problem that can cause leakage. When the corrosion is as advanced as in the photo below, it may also be necessary to replace the faucets. Checking your hoses and their fittings annually is a good idea. Even the braided hoses won’t last forever. Also, shut off the water supply valves whenever you will be away from home for more than a couple of days as an added safety precaution.

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While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here. ©2015 - McGarry and Madsen Inspection.


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