3 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Using Hot Tar Hoses


Hot tar hoses are different than traditional hoses, as they're designed to transport hot tar and asphalt. As a result, they can handle extremely hot temperatures. To ensure they work correctly over the years, though, you need to avoid these common mistakes. 

Crushing and Kinking

Like most specialty hoses, hot tar hoses can only do their job effectively if they are straight and structurally sound. When they're crushed by heavy objects or kinked for too long, ruptures can occur. Then, your hot tar or asphalt could go everywhere on the work site—creating a dangerous environment for nearby workers.

You can prevent these issues, however, by monitoring these hoses during operation. If kinks are present, work them out before the hose is turned on. It's also helpful to set up warning flags where these hoses are being used so workers walking or driving nearby can avoid going over them repeatably. 

Improper Storage 

These hot tar hoses are designed to last a long time and can handle extreme temperatures, but that doesn't mean you can just leave them outside. This could cause a lot of problems, especially in cooler temperatures. For example, there may be tar left inside that then solidifies once the temperatures drop. Then, you're left with clogs that will be extremely difficult to remove.

As soon as these hoses are done being used, they need to be stored in a controlled, secure environment. Outdoor sheds are an ideal location, as they provide a better temperature range, and they can also safeguard these hoses from excessive sun exposure. 

Using Damaged Fittings 

There may be dozens of tasks happening on your work site, making it fairly easy to neglect the fittings on your hot tar hoses. Then, when the fittings are damaged or corroded, the hot tar or asphalt being transported can get everywhere.

Such a simple mistake can be avoided with regular fitting inspection. Make sure every fitting on your hot tar hoses is structurally sound and free of rust. If they aren't, you need to have them replaced entirely. Make sure you select the right size to ensure a proper, secure fit.

Hot tar hoses play an important role for many industrial applications, but they will only work effectively and safely with proper maintenance. Take your time inspecting their components, and use them as they're intended to be used. You'll then run into less complications over the years.

To learn more, contact a company like Copperstate Hose.


19 June 2018

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