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Repair and Protect Your Garden Hose

Garden Hose

Stop replacing your garden hose year after year. Learn the best practices for taking care of your garden hose, and learn how to fix it inexpensively when it has a leak.

Garden Hose Care

A good garden hose is a smart investment. If you take care of your hose, it will serve you well through several seasons of lawn and garden maintenance. Follow the steps below to prolong the life of your hose:

  1. When you shut off your hose, make sure you drain the water all the way out. Hoist it over your shoulder to remove any excess water, which could damage your hose if it's left sitting.
  2. Keep it out of the sun. Hot water expands in the hose, and UV rays can weaken the material.
  3. Coil your hose after each use, either by hand or with a hose reel. If the hose kinks, reroll it immediately to prevent splitting.
  4. Drain the hose and remove any attachments, and store it out of the elements during winter.
  5. Replace washers when they show signs of leaking or dripping. It's a good idea to replace the washers every spring.

Repairing a Garden Hose

It's usually not too difficult to spot a leak in a garden hose. They always seem to be located in just the right spot to spray you in the face, but don't get mad and throw away the hose. A simple, inexpensive repair may be all that's needed to put it back in working order.

Tiny Hole or Small Crack: Specially designed hose repair tape is available, or use common electrical tape in a pinch. Clean and dry the hose before applying. Overlap the tape as you wrap it around the hose. If you wrap it too tightly, the hose will crease and the tape won't seal.

Leaking at Spigot: A washer replacement is the simplest of all repairs and is often all that's needed. Washers dry or deteriorate with age. Simply remove the old one and pop in a new one. If it still leaks, replace the coupling.

Large Leaks: Replacing a hose end or repairing a center section is a little more involved, but still a simple job. The repair requires cutting the damaged section out and replacing with a new part that clamps or crimps on.

When cutting away damaged parts, make straight cuts with a sharp blade. To be certain you get the proper repair part, take the portion you remove with you to get the replacement. Repair part designs can differ by the manufacturer.