Flexible hoses are a small yet vital part of industrial operations that transfer large quantities of gas and fluids. Though they are designed to handle high pressure and extreme temperatures, metal hoses and PTFE hoses will eventually start to show signs of wear and tear. Recognizing these signs is crucial for knowing how to tell if you need a new flexible hose. As leading providers of flexible hoses, industrial dampers, and expansion joints, Flextech Industries understands the importance of replacing a hose before it breaks down. That is why our experts have compiled a list of common signs of wear to help you determine if you need a new flexible hose before it is too late.
Even with a regular maintenance program, your flexible hoses, fittings, and other components will need to be replaced at some point. The following are some common signs that it is time to replace your flexible hose:
A full and secure seal at both connection points is crucial for minimizing the risk of spills, leaks, and equipment damage. If this connection starts to loosen and can no longer be tightened, this is a sure sign that it is time for a replacement. Slippage can cause hoses to come loose and fall off, leading to potential safety risks for surrounding personnel.
For applications that deal with fluids under extremely high pressure, cracks and cuts in hoses can present a severe safety risk. These cracks or cuts can burst, leading to severe spills and potential damage to surrounding equipment. In addition to cracks, metal hoses and specialty transfer hoses can be at risk for corrosion in certain environments. If you notice cracking or corrosion near fittings or on the hose casing, it is time for a replacement.
If you notice small puddles under hoses or on the surface of hoses, this is often a sign of a leak somewhere in the hose or fitting. In addition to these signs, reduced pressure or flow can also be a sign of a leak somewhere in the system. Small leaks can quickly expand, leading to larger spills and severely reduced flow/performance. In addition to the hose and fittings, be sure to check all seals to ensure that they are in optimal condition.
To learn more about signs of flexible hose wear, reach out to the team at Flextech Industries. Our experts can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to help you find the perfect replacement hose for your specific needs.