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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Poor quality plastic toilet hoses ruin bathroom renovations

Have you ever checked the little braided hose that connects your toilet tank to your house water supply. Perhaps you should, especially if your bathroom has been renovated in the last few years.

A real problem has been surfacing with the plastic nuts that you hand tighten to connect the hose to the water supply. They have been breaking resulting in the flooding of bathrooms and thousands of dollars in water damage.

Apparently the hex nuts on these hoses use substandard plastic with high porosity which leads to premature unexpected failure. Normally these hoses would have to meet CSA (Canadian Standards Association) specifications would should prevent these types of problems from occuring.

Offshore manufacturers have been ignoring the specifications and as a result failed toilet hoses have resulted in lawsuits. Plumbers, Home renovators and hose suppliers are all being sued by homeowners with majors losses.

If this is a problem in Canada, it can only be worse in the USA, where not too long ago asimilar type of situation arose with imported drywall not meeting national standards.

For the sake of a few dollars, replace your toilet tank hose just to be safe. Make sure the packaging says it is CSA approved. You might be saving yourself a real headache.


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