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History of the Hose


Everyday we use some type of hose in our daily lives, dishwashing, washing machine, garden, auto! But did you ever wonder where the hose came from? Just be glad this isn't the way its done now. 

The first flexible pump & fire hose was from the intestines of an OX! With the stomach attached, Ancient Greeks ripped out the intestines of the Ox. The intestines were filled with water with the large bladder acting as a compressor, aiming it towards the fire. As you can imagine this didn’t last very long. 

In the 1600s, thanks to Jan van der Heyden, the Amsterdam Superintendent of Fire Brigade we have fire and suction hose today. Let’s take a look back to the 17th century when he invented the first practical fire hose in 1673. It consisted of 50 foot lengths of leather sewn together with brass screw threads attached to the ends to connect sections. He is also credited with an early invention of the suction hose. 

Over the next 300 years many advances came about to improve the function and use of the hose, from leather to cotton and canvas, all were heavy and prone to leaks. Rubber hose didn't come into the picture until around 1870. 

Eventually synthetic hose was invented, think garden hose. Hose are continually being revolutionized to lighter and stronger versions. Hose have come a long way from the OX intestine. 

Hose of South Texas has hose for virtually every application. Check out our website or call/text one of our experienced sales personnel at 361.884.9335.

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Hose Maintenance Tips

9 Hose Maintenance Tips

Fact: All hose and hose assemblies will fail in time.
Fact: Misapplication is one of the leading causes of premature hose failure.
An unexpected hose failure while in service can result not only in unplanned downtime, but can also result in injury to yourself or your personnel. In addition, hose failures can cause damage to property. Please, do not assume that the old hose laying around in your yard will work for your intended use. If you are unsure if that old hose will handle the product you need to transfer with it, please contact our knowledgeable personnel for assistance, or inquire with manufacturer. Consider the following to extend the life of your hose and safety of you and your personnel.


  1. Always ensure you select a hose that is appropriate for the application and meets or exceeds industry standards. Misapplication is one of the most common reasons for hose failure. Hoses are designed for a specific or related application. They should not be used for any other application without first contacting your distributor. Do not modify hose fittings in order to connect a hose to a service for which it is not intended. Never connect two different types of hose together, one may be suitable for your applications where as the other may not.

  2. Store your hose properly when not in use. Hose reels and racks are recommended to keep your hose off the floor and in a cool dry place.

  3. Consider installing hose and thread protection to your hose to protect them from the extreme cold or heat.

  4. Don’t put unnecessary stress on connection points. Do not put any stress on the hose ends (severe bends at the hose fitting can damage the tube, or supporting the weight of the hose assembly and product can cause failure). Use of bend restrictors will increase hose life.

  5. Unnecessarily kinking the hose can create weak spots in the hose wall. Hoses should bot be bent tighter than the manufacturers recommended minimum bend radius.

  6. Do not drag a hose over sharp or abrasive surfaces.

  7. Cleaning hose assemblies used in petroleum or chemical service after each use will increase the service life of your hose assemblies.

  8. Never exceed the rated temperature and working pressure.

  9. Routinely inspect hose and fittings for wear and damage. A visual inspection should be performed before each use to help prevent failure in service. While inspecting a hose look for any exposed reinforcement, check fittings for excessive corrosion, check that gaskets are in place and in good condition, check steam, hose clamps for proper torque specification (21 ft. lbs.) and check for leaks at connections. If clamp halves are touching remove from service for repair or replacement. 

Giving careful consideration to hose selection, care, maintenance and storage can provide optimum life of your hose. Following these tips will not ensure your hose will last forever, but preventative care can keep your operations going and avoiding costly downtime and repairs. In the event of hose failure turn off equipment, release pressure, disconnect hose, avoid touching and bring in to Hose of South Texas to be replaced or repaired.

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Pneumatics and Pneumatic Systems

Pneumatics and Pneumatic Systems

impact wrenchThe majority of us will likely encounter pneumatic systems regularly. We are all familiar with inflatables such as balloons and bounce houses; they are inflated with a gas- air, helium, nitrogen or hydrogen, the pressure of the gas is what keeps the structure inflated. 

Pneumatics as an industrial term is the use of pressurized air used in various applications from inflating the air in your tires to the air impact wrench used to remove or install those same tires.  Pneumatics (pressurized air) is used for maintenance daily in the petrochemical, oilfield marine, etc. industries.

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