Replacing your garden hose every year is costly and frustrating. Invest in a good quality hose and maintain it properly so that it lasts for many years. You can save money and help to preserve water by fixing leaks and replacing perished washers. Understanding what you need to do to effectively care for your hose enables you to maximise its lifespan.
Store Your Garden Hose Properly
Storing your garden hose correctly is the key to optimising its lifespan. Never store garden hoses, whether rubber or synthetic, in direct sunlight. Ultraviolet rays damage the hose, weakening and thinning the material and causing it to crumble, split, and turn brittle. Therefore, store your garden hose in a cool, dry, dark environment, such as a garden shed. Use a hose reel or a garden hose hanger to prevent the hose creasing and kinking while in storage. Never hang your hose over a nail in the wall, as this causes weakening at the point the hose touches the nail, and the rest of the weight hangs from that one spot, causing rips, tears, and creases.
Prevent Garden Hose Damage While Uncoiling or Coiling
Watch out for kinks while you are coiling or uncoiling. Kinks in the hose cause stress damage and can lead to splits or faster material breakdown. Ideally, before uncoiling, connect one end of the hose to a tap and allow water to flow through the hose before you uncoil it. The pressure of the water flowing through the hose prevents the material folding, creasing, and kinking. When coiling up your hose, if you notice a kink or a knot, unravel it immediately.
Repair Garden Hose Leaks
Even if you give your garden hose all the proper care and attention it needs, you will occasionally have leaks. However, that does not mean you have to buy a new hose. If the leak is reasonably small, you can simply apply a rubber patch, such as one you can find in a puncture repair kit. You need to stop the water flow and identify the position of the leak, then use coarse sandpaper to sand all around the leak, providing a rough surface to which the rubber patch can adhere to. Then apply waterproof glue, followed by the rubber patch. After the glue dries, turn the water back on and see if the patch is holding. Also check for signs that the washer needs replacing by examining the garden hose connector where it joins the tap. If water drips or seeps out despite being connected properly, then you need to turn off the water and replace the washer inside the connector.