Floodchek washing machine hoses

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by richard8, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. richard8

    richard8 New Member

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    Hello,
    Has anyone experienced or used floodchek washing machine hoses.
    Also, how do you like them.

    Thanks.

    http://www.floodchek.com/

    [video=youtube;Otj568xY7Cs]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Otj568xY7Cs[/video]
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  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    The Floodchek hoses are the best. Made from hydraulic hose.

    Not to be confused with Floodsafe, which I do not recommend.

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  3. maddog

    maddog Engineer

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    Anybody seen a braided SS hose (other than Floodsafe) burst? I know the Floodsafe hoses had problems with bursting at the fitting ... but do the actual SS hoses fail? I had a standard rubber washer hose that grew a huge bubble (a flood waiting to happen) before switching to the braided SS hoses. They are about 10 years old and look fine - should I change them? Thanks.
  4. richard8

    richard8 New Member

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    washing machine hoses braided steel vs. rubber

    I have not heard of any instance of braided steel bursting. If there are any cases, please let me know.
    If there are any pictures, please post also. What was the time frame, burst after 13 years, 18 years.
    Or just create a blister, then small leak ????

    I have heard of rubber hoses bursting after 7 years, that is when the washing machine is turned on.

    I have also heard from plumbers that they recommend stainless steel.
  5. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

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    Of course braided steel hoses will only be as good as the barb fittings on the end. I looked over several brands before deciding. Don't recall the brand but they've been in service for 12 years.

    When I plumbed in my laundry room I also made sure to install large hammer stops at the washer taps.

    Something worth considering is an automatic water shutoff that only turns on the water when the washer is in use.
    http://www.watts.com/pages/_products_details.asp?pid=3427

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  6. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    I wouldn't trust a braided or a rubber hose past ten years.

    [video=youtube;vSwPX4KHzOw]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSwPX4KHzOw[/video]
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  7. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    What are those floodchek hoses made of that makes it that much better thatn ss braided? I think Fluidmaster has a lifetime warranty.
  8. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    One problem with the SS ones are they do not loop easily and mark the walls. I'm thinking the Floodchek might be a little easier in a confined space with six inches or so between the washer and the back wall.
  9. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    I do like the little 45º adapters. I have a stacker machine, and straight on is a little awkward, and the hoses you can get with 90's on them don't work at all,
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    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    Thanks. Good tip.
  11. Brian.Hoard

    Brian.Hoard New Member

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    Hi.
    I just read your PDF that recommended the FloodChek hoses ( http://www.terrylove.com/pdf/bottom_line_plumbing_2011_2.pdf ) and I plan on ordering them for my laundry room remodel. I'm wondering since both the washing machine's water connections and the supplies coming from the wall are horizontal, should I add angled adapters to both ends of the hoses so they are pointing down? It seems to me like that would be less stress on the hoses. What's your advice?
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    jimbo Plumber

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  13. dayster

    dayster New Member

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    I find the Floodcheck website a bit odd. There is no mention whatsoever of the construction or design of their hoses, the site just says that the hoses are great... without explanation. Seems a bit suspect. The look nice though! Terry, howcum you like them so much?
  14. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    I like that since 1989 they haven't had a failure.
    And the 20 year warranty.

    http://www.floodchek.com/

    I remember walking into a friends home this Summer with the standard hoses and seeing three inches of water in her basement.
    If you can imagine this, I pulled her toilet off and let the water in the basement drain down the closet flange.
  15. ballvalve

    ballvalve General Engineering Contractor

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    Good information - All those so called SS wrapped supply lines from china should be suspect, because you really do not know what is inside - probably just a cheap vinyl tube.

    Its no mystery how to build a great hose. The best washer line would be a 3,000 or 4500 PSI hydraulic line. I have some on my excavator operating at 4500PSI for 15 years under incredible strain and shock inside and out. And you can have them made at any auto parts store in a minute- and quite flexible also.... Too bad they don't have garden hose ends for them!

    http://www.surpluscenter.com/sort.asp?catname=hydraulic&keyword=HHNB

    On edit, I think I really will use hydraulic hoses on the washer. Just add an adapter, have a 2950 PSI safety factor, and save a bit of money over the cost of the floodsafes.

    http://www.surpluscenter.com/item.asp?item=916-1496&catname=hydraulic

    And here is a beauty for the dishwasher- 15 bucks and 12,000psi burst!

    Try and find that quality at home depression.
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  16. SacCity

    SacCity In the Trades

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    In response to the SS braided hoses, I've changed two recently that had burst,
    Last one was a supply line under a kitchen sink, someone was home so no damage

    I always change out the hoses when I install new appliances, or on rentals to a remodel up grade, goal is about every 5 years.

    Michael
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  17. mikept

    mikept DIY Senior Member

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    Which adapters do you recommend? I wouldnt want to get a good hose and have the adapter go.
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    mikept DIY Senior Member

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  19. arfeller

    arfeller New Member

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    I went to the web page today and was about to order the hoses but noticed something odd. If you click on the Buy Now tab and look at your sizing options they all say 5" or 7". This must be a typo and they mean 5' and 7' correct? I sent them some feedback on this at the website. Or am I just missing something?
  20. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    I saw that too. It has to be five feet and seven feet.
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