In various industrial applications, different types of hoses are used such as Rubber hose, hydraulic hose, industrial hose, automotive hose, spiral hose series, etc. Most of the hoses are manufactured using high-quality raw materials and components to ensure their durability. Even though, the hose has a limited life only. Therefore, it is important for a user to use properly and avoid mistakes that usually users make while using it.
Other than this, one should be alert and keep checking hoses to identify any signs of impending failure and leakage.
Here are some general maintenance and care tips for hoses that will help you in increasing their service life as well as their performance:
Safety tips while operating hoses:
One can easily ensure the safety of the rubber hose, hydraulic hose, and industrial hose using by keeping all the safety instructions provided to them by the manufacturer. Here are some of the points that can be considered while using hoses:
One should give utmost importance to the working pressure mentioned for the hoses. It should never be exceeded while using as this will directly affect the performance and quality of hoses. Also, while investing in hoses one should only choose the hose assembly for the service marked on the product or for those services. Read the instructions and recommendations printed on it.
While purchasing a hose pipe one should also do a proper inspection and check the test plan to ensure unsafe hose and identify worn, damaged or corroded couplings that are removed from service.
One should also give importance to the type of materials used for manufacturing the hoses. It is very important to check and verify if the hose selected holds the capacity to withstand the pressure and temperature of the material that will be transferred using it.
In addition to this, it is also important to check if there are any set limitations that are mentioned in the hose. Such as, it is very essential to ensure that the hose is ideal to move the desired chemicals such as ammonia, chlorine, LNG, or any other.
Tips for Hose Inspection:
Prior to use, one should check all the hoses should be internally and externally inspected. Also, hoses should be hydrostatically tested periodically. All hose should be hydrostatically tested to 1.5 or 2.0 times the working pressure that is recommended by the manufacturer. For inspection of hoses, one should take help from personnel who is well trained and has proper knowledge of the information.
One should inspect the cover of the hoses for cuts, gouges, worn spots or any other such condition. Such type of condition can affect the inner reinforcement. One should also look if the cover is smashed, kinked, bulges, blisters or soft spots.
Tips for storage of hoses:
The service life of hoses also depends upon their storage. Thus, one should give importance to the storage after usage of hoses also. For proper storage, you should keep a check on temperature, humidity, ozone, sunlight, oils, solvents, corrosive liquids, insects, rodents, etc.
Moreover, if one is paying importance to the proper storage of hose it will surely maximize hose shelf life in a remarkable manner. It is best to use original shipping containers for storage which are made specially to ensure damage-free delivery and provides protection against deteriorating conditions.
Thus, these are some of the tips which can be utilized for improving the service life hoses.