Tips On How To Protect Your Industrial-Grade Hoses from Damage
Author: Bob Rudy, VP Sales and Marketing
May 7, 2019
At SuperKlean, we build our hoses and nozzles to be long-lasting and durable from most wear and tear, but nothing lasts forever. When using an industrial hose for washdown use, operators must be aware of any possible damage to their tools, as failure to do so can lead to possible injury or equipment failure. That’s why SuperKlean is here to give you some expert information on how to protect your industrial hoses and protect your hose operators.
The easiest method to keep your hoses in good condition and extend their service life is to properly store and wrap your hoses. The best way to do this is with a hose rack like the ones we at SuperKlean offer which leaves you hose normally above ground to avoid ground abrasion but also makes storing the hose quick and simple. If you don’t own a hose rack, which we strongly recommend, you can also store an industrial hose in a figure-eight pattern which does the trick for storing more hoses. The reason you want to properly store your hose is mainly in part to avoiding bends or kinks forming in the hose which, over time, can break into holes and permanently damage the hose line.
Weather and Sun Damage
The worst two contributors to damaged hoses are natural UV-light and cold temperatures. Light from the sun overtime to exposed hoses can first cause bleaching and then to further real damage to a water line. Keeping your hoses inside while not in use or under a cover is the best and easiest way to avoid UV damage. Cold weather can also damage a hose internally as leftover water can freeze and expand inside the hose causing damage to the inner-lining. This is also easily avoided by simply making sure all used hoses are properly empty of water and mostly dry after use.
Lazy handling of a hose can be the worst cause of damage to a waterline and one of the harder problems to fix. Letting a hose drag on the ground, folding the hose with water going through instead of shutting off the nozzle, and other general improper handling methods are all too common in workplaces. The best way to avoid this is to talk to hose operators about proper handling of equipment, making sure they are aware of the damage they could be avoiding.