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.
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:
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.