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Heated Hoses: Getting Started

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During freezing conditions, heated hoses are sometimes needed for RVs, barns, job-site trailers, and more. The great thing about heated hoses is that they are controlled by a thermostat and will not turn on unless the temperatures are freezing. However, to get the most out of the heated hose, you will need to know how to use it properly.

Using The Hose

The hose can simply be unrolled and used just like any other hose. However, it is important to not splice the hose because electrical wires pass through it and this can cause a hazardous situation. If the hose becomes damaged, do not continue to use it. Shut off power to the outlet that delivers the power supply and replace the hose. 

Preparations For Using Heated Hoses

It is essential that you anticipate that you will need the hose before you plug it in. The heated hose takes time to heat up and allow water to pass through unobstructed. Have processes that will require a heated hose scheduled ahead of time.

Storing The Hose

Before coiling the hose, make sure to flush it of water. Any water that is left behind can cause ice to form, which will make the hose more difficult to use in the future. Otherwise, you will need to wait for the ice to melt before you can use the hose.

Choosing A Suitable Location

Know the exact length of the power cord that will be used to heat up the hose and make sure that there is a power outlet that is within reach. It may be necessary to use an extension cord. 

Using Heated Hoses For Drinking Water

Determine whether it is safe to use heated hoses for drinking water. There are some heating hoses that may introduce contaminants to the water that would make it unsafe to drink. 

Using A Heated Hose Continuously

Heated hoses can be used continuously, However, it is recommended that you instead unplug the hose periodically because this is good for the lifetime of the hose. The water source and the delivery end of your heated hose must have its own frost protection, since the heated hose only prevents freezing within the hose itself. Also, make sure that the thermostat is exposed to ambient temperatures so that it will only heat the hose when the temperatures are freezing in order to not waste energy or create unnecessary hazards.