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How to install in‑wall retractable hose systems?

Hide a Hose, Retraflex and Chameleon are intelligent vacuuming systems. Thanks to these technologies, it’s possible to hide the vacuuming hose in the central vacuum cleaning installation. Such an in‑wall retractable or quick access hose facilitates and accelerates the process of cleaning houses and office buildings.

Our in‑wall retractable hoses are a part of a central vacuum cleaning system which makes the work easier thanks to the quick access to the device and ensures great effectiveness and neatness (the hose is placed in the socket and suction system).


Central vacuum cleaning systems with retractable hoses consist of a cleaning set and a hose that is up to 15 meters long. When compared to traditional solutions, central vacuum cleaners amaze with comfort and effectiveness of vacuuming. However, during the installation process, it’s necessary to take care of proper precision of the system design as its quality ensures that the hose sucks in dirt with sufficient power and can be easily rectracted in the installation. Therefore, both the correct suction installation and the use of properly selected components are crucial to ensure that the set guarantees comfort of vacuuming. 

Hide a Hose, Retraflex and Cameleon retractable hoses are installations which, if not properly made, may hamper the use of the system. Consequently, it’s worth beginning with a thorough plan of the installation.. Below you can find a short list of the most important points you need to take into account to ensure that the system brings you the finest possible benefits.

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how to install in-wall retractable hoses

Something to start with: central vacuum hose socket

In most cases it’s fully enough to install one socket with a retractable hose at each floor of the building. The only exception are larger facilities that may require hoses longer than 12 m. Then, to increase the comfort of the cleaning person, we recommend installing additional sockets and using shorter hoses that are more convenient. 

Hide-A-Hose - socketretractable hose for central vacuum cleaners

Note that sockets for in‑wall retractable quick access hoses require making deep holes in the wall. Therefore, it’s advisable to place them on the maximal thickness of the block or (in case of thin partition walls) glue them with a plasterboard. You can also use a special net and plaster it on the other side. Already during the installation, it’s worth having the final socket ‑ this will make it easier to meticulously lay the tile and mount the socket on it. If the mounting is carried out without a socket, there is a risk that even with a slight inaccuracy, it will be difficult to install the socket properly during the final installation. In other words, a mistake at this stage may result in the necessity to repeat some of the installation work.

System installation and layout ‑ less is more

Before beginning the installation, limit the amount of nodes only to the necessary ones. There should be no more than three 90 degree nodes in the place where the vacuum hose is hidden in the installation. This will improve the comfort and convenience of using the hose. Don’t undermine this point, there have been cases when unqualified fitters installed the system in a way that hampered its use. Therefore, let’s state it one more time, there should be no more than three 90 degree nodes in the place where the vacuum hose retracts in the pipeline and there are no exceptions to this rule.

Tip: if you pay appropriate attention to the vacuum cleaner installation at an early stage of the hydraulic works, it may be even possible to reduce the number of nodes to two. Note: it’s forbidden to apply traditional nodes or make branches in the part where the hose retracts. Moreover, it’s recommended to extend the hose section by 10%, after this section you can apply traditional elements, sockets and a shovel (e.g.: Vroom, Wally Flex / Simply Flex). 

The central point of the system ‑ how to choose an appropriate suction unit?

Choosing a central vacuum cleaner for the Hide a Hose system is completely different from selecting models for traditional installations. In a nutshell, you simply shouldn’t take into account any of the standard recommendations. This system requires powerful cleaners with robust motors that generate high vacuum pressure. For hoses longer than standard 9 meters (and for more complex installations), we suggest equipping the system with a water or filterless model which guarantees higher efficiency. It’s also a good idea to go for models with powerful filters or two motors.

If someone decides to install a retractable hose system, they should know that any compromises when choosing the suction device are out of the question. The vacuuming power, which is the most important feature of the system, isn't determined only by the professional installation but also by the choice of a quality, strong central unit. This unit should be equipped with a powerful, top notch, durable motor that can effectively serve for many years. Consequently, it’s worth finding out what turbines are applied in a given central unit as its efficiency isn’t determined solely by the power and the market is full of models with the so‑called “economical” turbines. 

To sum up: if you buy quality, you only cry once

Customers who want to install Hide a Hose systems on their own, face a seemingly simple dilemma at the very beginning ‑ what brand to choose and how much money to invest? Not having sufficient knowledge about differences between individual central units may lead to choosing cheaper solutions that theoretically correspond to the requirements of the installation. Well, central vacuum cleaners are like cars ‑ both BMW and Lexus have four wheels but this is one of a very few features they have in common. Remember that cheap motors are neither economic nor ecological. Inappropriate selection of a central vacuum cleaner may result in its overheating or clogging which has a negative impact on the operation of the system and hose retraction. So to put you in the picture, obviously the abovementioned BMW may work with a Lexus motor but you can easily imagine what it will look like.


in wall retractabe hoseIf you need any additional information concerning the selection of individual installation elements or tips on how to properly mount an in‑wall retractable hose system on your own, don’t hesitate to call us, we will be happy to answer all of your questions.  





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