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1875 Philadelphia Street
Indiana, PA 15701
USA

724-349-8565

We are a full service home care store. We sell carpet shampooers, carpet cleaners, upright vacuums, canister vacuums, stick vacuums and central vacuum systems. We service all makes and models of vacuums and carpets shampooers. We also install and service central vacuum systems. 

The Clean Team Blog

Hide a Hose Retrofit

Evan Strittmatter

One of the most commonly asked questions that we receive is: "Can you install a central vacuum in my existing home". The answer to this is yes. But what about a Hide a Hose? Thankfully, the answer to this is almost always, Yes. Although Hide a Hose needs more room for it's installation because if you're storing 40' of hose in the pipe, you need at least 40' of pipe. Where in a traditional system, you do not need a designated amount of tubing, making this installation a bit more flexible. Even with this taken into consideration, it is very rare that we cannot install a Hide a Hose central vacuum. 

Here is a perfect example of this. This home was built in the mid 60s and it's owners were just getting ready to rip up most of the carpeting and replace it with beautiful hardwood flooring. Looking for an easier way to properly maintain them, they turned to Indiana Vac to install a Hide a Hose central vacuum system. With just one 50' hose on the main floor and another 50' hose in the basement, their entire home was covered, including the garage attached to the basement. The main floor inlet valve was installed in a paneled wall, at electrical outlet height so the Hide a Hose retracts properly, and so it is less conspicuous on the wall. 

 Almond Inlet Valve

Almond Inlet Valve

Powering this system is a USA Made MD SilentMaster S44. This unit can handle multiple Hide a Hose valves and has a unprecedented 10 year warranty that is completely transferable. The S44 uses MD's largest, 12 gallon HyperFlow bag that allows the user to maintain full suction power, even when the bag is full. MD units are Indiana Vac's "go to" unit whenever a customer is looking for a bagged central vacuum. 

 SilentMaster S44 shown next to the basement inlet valve

SilentMaster S44 shown next to the basement inlet valve

For cleaning tools, the homeowners selected a TurboCat Zoom with a Riccar Soft Sweep floor tool. These tools, and the includes above the floor accessories, allow them to clean everything from floor to ceiling, and because it was installed with a RF handle controller, they can control the central vacuum unit from anywhere in the home, instead of having to go back to the inlet to shut off the suction.