Dangers of Choosing the Wrong Hose

Industrial hoses are a vital part of many industries and completing many tasks.

Each industry is different and requires a different type of hose because the conditions of each industry differ. Your hose must be specially made to fit the conditions of the application of your industry and application. We’ve compiled a list of some common types of hose applications in different industries.

Selecting a Hose

When selecting a hose for your project, here are some factors to consider:

  • Function
  • Size
  • Material
  • Temperatures
  • Pressure
  • Flexibility
  • Environment


These factors, and more, are important to keep in mind when selecting a hose to work with.

The wrong hose can result in dangerous and expensive malfunctions or accidents, so it is worth it to take the time to select the right hose to ensure your safety and security.


The Dangers of Using the Wrong Hose

Many things can go wrong if you use the wrong hose for the job. Depending on your application and the hose’s function your consequences and malfunctions will differ in severity, but why bother with any problems?

Hose failure, whether it be caused by improper hose selection or not, can result in personal injury, property and product damage, and death in severe cases.

The following is a list of problems associated with hose malfunctions:

  • Leaks
  • Hazardous chemical exposure
  • Contamination
  • Fittings flung off
  • Explosion
  • Fire
  • Electrocution
  • Falling objects held in place by the hose
  • Dangerously fast whipping hose
  • Erosion
  • Surrounding product or equipment damage
  • Flooding
  • Waste of product or material
  • Slippery floors
  • And more!


The above list only contains some of the problems that can arise from using the wrong hose.  

How to Avoid These Dangers

The best way to avoid hose failure and malfunction is to have a professional assist you in hose selection and hose testing.

Here are some the steps you should take to ensure that you do not encounter these dangers:

Contact a professional: You should always refer to a professional to assist you in hose selection. If you give them the information relevant to your project and the application of the hose they will be able recommend or pick a hose out for you.

Get the right accessories: Your hose fittings and assemblies can also cause hose malfunctions, so work with a professional to find the perfect fittings and assemblies for the job.

Test the hose: Prior to using the hose in its desired application, test the hose against the conditions it will be facing in a controlled experiment. Some tests will require professional assistance. When testing your hoses you should refer to the Chemical Resistance Chart, and follow relevant safety guidelines.

Check for health and safety hazards: Ensure that your hose and fittings are assembled and installed correctly. It is very important to check your surroundings before engaging the hose or related machinery in activity.

Use warning labels and signs where necessary: It is important to properly identify and label potential threats and hazards in your workplace. Anyone who comes in contact with the process needs to be aware of the possible dangers around them.

At Pioneer Rubber and Gasket, we will walk with you every step of the way to make sure you get the exact hose you need to get your job done.

Since 1977 Pioneer Rubber and Gasket has provided the Southeast with assured quality and dependable service. No matter the size of your project or order, we work with you to deliver your material needs.

To find out more about how Pioneer Rubber and Gasket can help you, request a quote for more information, call us at 1-800-530-9051, or reach out to us at sales@pioneerrubber.com.

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