How to change old and worn hoses

Do you know the pipes that connect the sanitary ware to the wall ? The hoses wear out over time and if you notice small water leaks at one of these, then maybe it’s time to replace it! Don’t worry: changing a bathroom hose is a very simple operation.

Now I’ll explain how to change old and worn hoses with a few do-it-yourself operations.

What are hoses
The hoses are of plastic tubes covered with steel mesh which, as the name implies, can bend and curve as made of material adaptable to various forms. The hoses connect the toilet, but also the sink and the bidet, to the wall where they are screwed with threads. They allow the water flow rate. They are very resistant, but in the long run they wear out and give rise to leaks. In the most serious cases they can also burst , causing real flooding.

Duration of a hydraulic hose
The flexible hydraulic hoses, in addition to being resistant and elastic, are also equipped with rubber seals and the threads have teflon tape that waterproofs them. But the pressure and the contact with the water itself consume all the pieces of the hose. Generally how long a hose lasts depends on the use of those sanitary ware, but it is advisable to consider replacing them after five / six years.

How to replace the DIY hose
Replacing a flexible is a really simple operation, which does not require excessive effort, just a little familiarity with pipes and washers. First you need to close the general water tap , then paper the area under the hose with newspapers or rags to collect the water that may remain in the pipe. Then, with a parrot wrench, unscrew the hose from both ends. If you do not know how to unscrew an oxidized hose because it does not come off, try a lubricant to facilitate the unscrewing of the washers.

Now the new pipe must be installed: the pipes are available in any hardware store. The important thing is that you bought a new tube of the same length and with the same diameter threads. To mount the new hose, first put some Teflon tape on the two taps, then tighten the hose and position it as straight as possible. Insert the screws and turn, without too much force, with the parrot wrench. Then reopen the water and check that there are no more leaks.

In the event of a hose bursting suddenly, then it will be better to call the hydraulic emergency service immediately , and in the meantime close the water and collect the spilled liquid with rags.