Testing of Steam Hose: Essential Steps for Safety


Goodyear steam hose

One of our goals at McGill is to help our customers operate in the safest, most efficient ways possible. Our Guide for Maintenance, Testing and Inspection of Steam Hose offers essential steps for the safe utilization of steam hose. Following is a quick summary of these important safety tips.

First, the full length of the hose should be visually inspected for blistering, excessive abrasion or cuts, and coupling slippage. Cuts in the hose cover that expose or damage the reinforcement are cause for replacement, as are damage to the textile reinforcement or wire braid through abrasion and blistering or loosening of the outer cover. Evidence of coupling slippage includes misalignment of the hose and/or the scored or exposed areas where slippage has occurred. Slippage calls for hose replacement or recoupling and retesting.

If none of the previous problems have been found, the hose should then be connected to a suitable test pump. After water is introduced into the hose, examine it for leaks (especially near the couplings) and any bulging or swollen areas. Any hose with leaks or bulging spots should be replaced, or the affected area cut off and the hose recoupled.

Please keep the following in mind when utilizing steam hose:

1. A failure in service can result in injury to personnel or damage to property. Do not use at temperatures
or pressures above those recommended by the manufacturer.

2. Hose and couplings are hot while in use. Steam is a very hazardous material. At low pressure, it can cause severe scalding. At high-pressures, it can cause burns which may be fatal.

Contact us today to request a free copy of our full Guide for Maintenance, Testing and Inspection of Steam Hose.

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