Hoses are among the most helpful and convenient inventions. They help us transport crucial liquids such as water in the event of fires, for example, as well as to perform life-saving procedures as part of medical machinery. Not too long ago, however, we didn’t have this importance device in our lexicon –– let’s take a dive down history lane.
The invention of hoses
Less than four hundred years ago, in a remote corner of Amsterdam, the modern-day firehose was born. The invention is credited to Van Der Heiden, who filled a water sack supported in a trestle. Water flowed from the trestle in a linen hose down to the fire engine tank below. That is how the firehose that we know today was invented, though it is possible earlier prototypes existed and we just don’t have documented evidence.
The linen hoses were quickly replaced by those made by leather, which was hand-made and an important trade in Holland’s seafaring industry. Today’s fire hoses are typically made out of woven nylon fabrics and various types of rubber. These materials tend to be less flammable than other materials, ensuring that important equipment such as fire hoses remains mostly intact in the event of a fire.
Other types of hoses
Hoses come in very different sizes and perform other purposes besides putting out fires. Here at ASJ Industrial Hose and Fitting, our 24,000 square foot facility houses a vast inventory that includes the following types of hoses:
- Pressure washer
- Pellet transfer
- Reel craft
- Food and wine
Hoses might not seem like it, but they can be quite delicate. There are some steps you can take to maintain your hoses in good shape, and we will discuss some of them in the following paragraphs.
One of the most common issues that develop as a result of poor hose maintenance is kinking. This is when hoses become “wrinkly” or fractured, and usually happens from poor coiling technique. We recommend investing in hose hangers or storage mechanisms that allow for large, preventive loops.
We also recommend against hanging hoses on a nail. In addition, make sure to store your hoses in dry places.
If you are in the market for the purchase of hoses and other related equipment, ASJ Industrial Hose and Fitting is your best destination. Located in Corona, California, we are staffed by a dedicated team of professionals ready to answer all your questions. Give us a call today: (951) 735-1351.