When transferring hot, corrosive, or otherwise hazardous liquids, the equipment you use can make a significant difference in terms of safety and efficiency. While it is crucial to choose high-quality flexible hoses for your operation, it is equally important to recognize signs of wear and determine if it is time to replace your flexible hose. Failure to replace a faulty hose can drastically increase the risk of accidents, damaged equipment, and employee injury. To help you recognize the signs and make a timely replacement, the experts at Flextech Industries have put together a list of common signs to watch for and help you determine if you need a new hose before it is too late.
Even if you choose high-quality products and maintain a stringent maintenance schedule, your flexible hoses, fittings, and other components will need to be replaced at some point. If you notice any of the following signs, it may be time to replace your flexible hose:
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. Reduced pressure or flow can also be a sign of a leak somewhere in the system, especially if the system is normally consistent. 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. If your seals are in good condition and fitted properly, your hose is likely damaged and will need to be replaced.
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. If you handle hazardous fluids for your operation, be sure to replace slipping hoses as soon as possible.
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.
To learn more about our selection of flexible hoses or to inquire about our other products, get in touch with the team at Flextech Industries. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our products.