Connecting a dishwasher/washer with a unicouple
Hello to all you experts and homeowners...........
Who have had experience with unicouples.
We are in the middle of a dispute over faucet unicouples for connecting appliances to the kitchen or bathroom faucet.
Mainly washing machines. The 'higher ups" are trying to force us to connect our washers with unicouples. I maintain a properly installed permanently connected washer is a lot safer than a temporary connection.
They claim......A unicouple reduces the discharge of water to a rate that the drain system can handle.
However this can also be accomplished by using the same diameter hose as that attached to the unicouple.
They claim......The unicouple reduces the amount of water entering the machine, reducing pressure drop across the board.
However this can be accomplished by using 3/8 sink supply and the proper sweat adapters so you can use a standard 1/4 turn washing machine shut off valve. You can also install a low flow inlet valve on the washing machine.
They claim.....The Unicouple is a lot safer than a permanently installed machine.
However..I have seen many unicouples leak from all the attaching and disconnecting, they fall off the nipple that screws on the faucet, I have been told that they will void a faucets warranty, If you forget to run the disposer or remove the sink stopper you can flood the place. If the machine goes off balance and starts to walk it can rip the hose right from the faucet, etc etc.
So can anyone please share their stories and provide cold hard facts on why the use of a UniCouple should NOT be used.