Garden irrigation connectors - warning

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  1. RiaanP

    RiaanP Moderator

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    I been using these connectors for some time. The 90 degree plastic connectors.

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    Quick and easy.

    BUT

    Now that I'm moving my tanks and upgrading. I found 5 of these that failed or is busy failing. Due to the pipe being moved now, a small leak or hole popped in the one, resulting in a small pee line down the back of the tank. Inspecting the other and I found that they become soft on the outside bend.

    This one was in the cryptic zone, so not that critical as it was inside and under water.
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    The cheap conectors are know for this i belive. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Yip, Had the same happen to me about three weeks ago.

    Dumped about 200 litres of water onto my lounge laminate flooring. [
    Luckily i was at home and had enough spare water to fill the aquarium again. Within minutes the tank was fine again. All live stock shaken but fine. No losses.


    The laminate flooring - well thats another story..... Tried to put in insurance claim but got rejected.:(
    Damage R7000
     
  5. ChrisRaubs

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    Oh no,,,

    Thanks for sharing @RiaanP ,,, :thumbup:

    I would have stepped into the same "problem" if it wasn't for this warning!!! ;)
     
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    RiaanP Thread Starter Moderator

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    Same as a bath overflowing, they should cover that. On what grounds did they reject it?
     
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    What would you recommend using instead of these?
     
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    Hai, you know!!! :cursing: These insurance companies!!! First to collect on a monthly basis, last to pay out!!! :dft007:

    This wakes up a question i've been having for quite some time now... :eek:

    Why did your insurance reject the claim? Did they say you must stipulate that you are keeping a "fish" tank, so that they can push up your risk factor and increase your premiums?

    Just curious, whether one can actually declare this information...

    I for one, will happily pop out a few extra bucks, know that i'll be covered...
     
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    RiaanP Thread Starter Moderator

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    Not sure, just replace them yearly. That's what I done now.
     
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    Eeeeek... thats rof.
     
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    How long did it take to eat through the plastic? I have some of these connections....
     
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    RiaanP Thread Starter Moderator

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    the one in the picture was over 3 years, and was constantly under water. The others that failed and were on their way to fail were about 2 years in use.

    I found this issue due to me moving the tanks. So all the pipes were moved and the connectors handled. 2 of them then developed small leaks, on the outside elbow.

    Just feel it, pinch the elbow. If the outside feels soft, then replace it.
     
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    Thanks for the heads up!
     
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    Brentch - Mine lasted about three years before acting up. All elbows became paper thin and one eventually burst. I would never have thought that something would corrode that thick hard plastic.

    Riaan, that was my thought as well - that means that when my washing machine leaks water , for example, I'm not covered?
    I'm still busy fighting them on this. The feedback that I have received from them in writing just stated that the circumstances of the incident and the damage caused by that was not covered by my insurance (or shall I say "Out-surance) ;-)
     
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    Yip ChrisRaubs, I agree.
    I could have easily said it was a pipe that burst in the guest toilet just 3 metres away on the other side of the room. The damage would have been more or less the same.
    I decided to do the good and honest thing and tell the truth, thinking that I was covered for this situation :-(
    Strangely enough the accessor(sp??) that came to do the inspection told me he had a similar claim just three weeks prior where a tank burst and they paid out - now I'm confused ..... but I asked a couple of questions and are now waiting for their comeback.
     
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    What pipes were you using and was there any deterioration there? I've resized my tank sump pump delivery line to 25mm to match the pump. I went with LDPE pipe due to the better elbows and availability. Seems fine so far now but would that likely experience a similar deterioration to what you've described on the fittings.
     
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    Think about it - if you guys say the pipes/fittings/elbows gets soft and wearing thin, where does the "disolved" plastic go? It can only go one place - back into the water! I would not use these if that's the case. Better safe than sorry.
     
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    Good question, where is the plastic gone? I use the high pressure ones, yes they do cost a bit more but I don't have any problems like this.
     
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    Best I change mine.
     
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    @pch356 - did outsurance ever pay out your claim?
     
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    outsurance are full of kak. We had lots of problems when we claimed for a burst geyser and a compressor for a cold room so we left them
     
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