A garden hose may be an inexpensive, one-time purchase but when the item must be replaced every year, things can become costly. Proper care and do-it-yourself repairs can eliminate the need to purchase a new hose each year. Spending less money on this yard equipment leaves more cash to spend on plants, flowers, and shrubs.
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Step 1: Each time you turn off the hose, drain out all of the water by hoisting the hose over your shoulder, with the open end pointing toward the ground. If excess water sits in the hose, it can cause damage.
Step 2: Keep the hose out of the sun because UV rays could weaken the material and hot water causes expansion.
Step 3: After each use, coil the hose with a hose reel or by hand. If you find a leak, immediately reroll the hose to prevent it from splitting.
Step 4: Before each winter, remove hose attachments, drain the hose. Cover it or store it indoors.
Step 5: When washers begin causing drips or leaks, replace them. Annual spring replacement is recommended.
Step 6: If your garden hose leaks at its spigot, replacing the washer may address the issue. Otherwise, the coupling may need to be replaced.
Step 7: Hose repair or electrical tape should be used to fix a small crack or hole in the hose. Before applying tape, clean and dry your garden hose. As you wrap the tape around the hose, do not wind too tightly or the hose may crease, preventing the tape from sealing. Overlap the tape during wrapping.
Step 8: If an end or center section of the hose must be replaced, use a utility knife to cut off the damaged section. Replace this with the correct part by crimping or clamping the new section onto the hose.