Maintenance is important for many things in life. This goes for cars, swimming pools, water heaters, and relationships. Another thing maintenance is critical for? Commercial hoses. Regular maintenance for commercial hoses can lead to greater efficiency and better safety on the job.
Below are some tips for maintaining your commercial hoses.
- Always Look Before You Use One of the biggest safety mistakes in industrial workplaces is failing to visually inspect a commercial hose before using it. Little nicks, slices, or kinks in your hose are immediate signs that the hose should not be used and may pose danger if it is used.
- Check Your Hose’s Assembly Components Too Be on the lookout for worn clamps, guards, or shields; excess buildup of dirt; leaking port conditions; and air entrapment. These can signify that assembly parts may need to be repaired, replaced, tightened, or rectified. That said, do not use your hose until one of the latter appropriate solutions is made.
- Perform a Functional Test To perform this maintenance task, operate your system at its maximum operating pressure within a safe location. During this, be on the lookout for any leaks or other errors, including operation beyond the hose’s maximum working pressure.
- Inspect Assemblies at Specific Intervals Hose assemblies are not designed to last forever. At some point, they will show signs of wear and tear and will need to be replaced. Be mindful of how long your hose assemblies are supposed to last, and replace them accordingly, even if they are in decent shape.
- Replace Elastomeric Seals Regularly Like hose assemblies, elastomeric seals must also be replaced on a regular basis. Once they become very hard, worn, or show other signs of aging (or generally be of old age), it’s time to replace those seals.
- Never Operate a Hose That’s Showing Signs That It’s Failing Has your commercial hose gotten to the point where it’s beginning to look in not-so-great shape? Never under any circumstance trust this hose. It might be at a point where it’s already failing – or it might in the very near future. Don’t take chances.
Clearly, there are several things one must do to ensure their commercial hoses are well cared for. Failing to maintain them properly can lead to dangers on the job. However, even with good care, natural wear and tear is inevitable. That said, it’s critical that if you notice signs of damage to your hoses or hose assemblies that you properly dispose of them and buy replacement hoses and assemblies.
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