Most flexible hoses are used every day for prolonged periods, exposing them to continuous wear and tear over time. While most wear and tear is often accounted for during use, many flexible hoses can suffer minor to severe damage before they are installed. As a leading provider of flexible hoses for various applications, the team at Flextech Industries knows that these products are vital pieces of equipment for any operation that requires the frequent transfer of chemicals, steam, fuel, or other hazardous substances. That is why we have compiled some information to help you understand how to maximize the life of your flexible hose and minimize the risk of prolonged or unexpected downtime.
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To extend the life of your flexible hose, you will need to:
If your purchase your hoses in bulk, you likely store them somewhere until they are needed. If you store your hoses outside without any protective coverings, they will be exposed to rain, dust, and other elements that can cause damage before installation, drastically reducing their usable life. Even if you store your hoses indoors, every facility has several substances such as dust, chemical droplets, and moisture that can cause damage to unprotected hoses. To minimize the potential of wear and tear in storage, be sure to cover each flexible hose with a resealable plastic bag. Hoses should also be stored away from extreme temperatures if possible and kept in a sealed case or box to further limit exposure to particulates. This will help to ensure that your hoses are still in pristine condition when it is time to install them, maximizing their usable life.
While storage considerations are important for hoses that will be used in the future, maintenance considerations are crucial for maximizing the service life of hoses that are currently in use. First and foremost, it is highly recommended to inspect all hose assemblies every day to look for signs of damage, twisting, loose connections, or leaks. If any of these signs are present, the defective elements should be replaced or repaired as soon as possible to prevent further damage or significant downtime.
Hoses can become covered in dust and other airborne debris over time. That is why regular cleaning schedules should be established for each hose, coupler, and expansion joint (if applicable) to minimize the presence of dust and other particulates. This combination of thorough inspections and cleaning will help to maximize the usable life of your flexible hose assemblies while keeping you aware of any potential issues with your transfer systems.
To learn more about our selection of flexible hoses and other specialty products, get in touch with the team at Flextech Industries. We can be reached through our online contact form and will work with you to provide the perfect solution for your needs.