Are Braided Water Lines Safe & Up To City Code?

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Old 08-15-19, 07:52 AM
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Are Braided Water Lines Safe & Up To City Code?

I am gonna be replacing the water heater. I had installed new water lines this past May but the braided type. A plumber suggested these are

1-not up to city code and
2-usually never last but a year and should be replaced thereabout.

Location is Balch Springs just outside of Dallas Texas. I don't mind to replace them as they are not a costly item but now I can't help but to want to know for sure for myself. So can some one chime in on these 2 suggestions?

 
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Old 08-15-19, 08:15 AM
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From what I heard, braided water connectors such as these are generally legal (some cities have different regulations) and can be expected to last for five years.

They are technically hoses. The braid prevents bursting with a massive leak but the rubber or vinyl hose inside can still eventually biodegrade and crack and leak slowly.
 
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Thanx!

So it's ok to assume that about the same duration applies for the braided water lines to sinks and toilets cisterns?
 
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You don't use them in inaccessible areas (like within a wall). Other than that there's nothing wrong with them. They don't just fail after any certain amount of time but many times they are no longer reusable once they get old. They are more likely to leak if reused, especially if they are kinked at a sharp angle.
 
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That's what I put on my water heater when I installed it around 8 yrs ago. Haven't had any issues.
 
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