Plant managers, engineers, and other industrial workers generally know the ins and outs of industrial hoses. They typically know the potential dangers of using a worn-out hose, from injuries to fire hazards. They are also aware that there are certain signs to look for to determine whether or not a hose needs to be replaced to avoid these said dangers.
However, others are fairly lenient when it comes to the use and upkeep of their company’s industrial hoses. Even when they are aware of the hazards a damaged industrial hose can pose for employees, customers or clients, and the work facility itself, they may fail to regularly inspect and maintain their workplace’s hoses for optimal safety and efficiency.
How to Maintain an Industrial Hose
The proper maintenance of your industrial hoses is critical not just for the safety of you and the rest of your crew but also to save you money in the long run.
Without engaging in hose maintenance, you risk thousands of dollars in replacing industrial equipment, paying for structural repairs for your facility, and/or helping provide medical attention for anyone who got injured as a result of the hose malfunction.
- Buy the correct fittings.
Buying the incorrect fittings for your hoses is just asking for trouble. When using an industrial hose with an incorrect fitting, there’s a good chance something will go wrong. Fittings may fling off, a fire or explosion may occur, flooding may happen, and/or people may become exposure to potentially deadly chemicals, all as a result of an incorrect fitting.
- Visually inspect your hoses before each use.
One of the most dangerous things you can do is fail to inspect an industrial hose before you use it. Always, always, always check your hose for cuts, kinks, worn rubber, and other signs of wear and tear. Failure to do so could result in a serious injury, spill, and/or property damage. Never use a hose that shows the latter signs of damage.
- Keep track of your hoses’ lifespans.
The better the quality of your industrial hoses, the more they’ll cost. Surely, you won’t want to waste your hard-earned cash. That said, it’s always a good idea to track your hoses’ lifespans. Keep record of when you purchased them, how long their warranty is, and any signs of wear and tear you notice over the months and years including the dates that you noticed such.
These records will be useful when it comes to taking advantage of any warranty that may be tied to your hoses. Likewise, the rate at which your industrial hoses accumulate damage will let you know whether or not you’ve made the best choice for your company or would be better off with a different brand when it comes time to replacing your hoses.
- Store your hoses correctly.
The best way to ensure your industrial hoses wear out quicker is to store them incorrectly after use. Refrain from storing hoses near sunny, hot, or below-freezing environments. Likewise, keep your hoses away from sharp objects and areas with pest infestations.
Industrial Hoses & Fittings Since 1982
Whether you’re wanting to add hoses to your place of work or are looking to replace old, worn-out hoses, ASJ Hose & Fittings has the professional quality supplies you need. For nearly 40 years, our family-owned business has been dedicated to supplying our products to all of North America.
For more information on our stock, call us today at (951) 735-1351.