Q&A: Plastic vs Braided Risers

Q: Is there any advantage in replacing my plastic faucet risers (the hot / cold supply lines) with the newer braided steel type?

A: In our view there is a significant advantage. The plastic ones might be okay if they were installed by an experienced plumber, but they are prone to blowing off at the lower end or cracking in some circumstances. This can result in an expensive and inconvenient water damage insurance claims.

We recommend braided steel risers, as both nuts come factory-installed. The peace of mind is well-worth the small price of this conversion.

HomeWise Plumbing can typically change out the risers in a home in a couple of hours, including sinks and toilets, minimizing inconvenience and maximizing peace of mind.