We’re all aware of how important hoses are to gardeners so they can water easily and enjoyably. However, it will not last as long as it should if it is not well maintained.
Gardeners who are smart do not purchase hoses every year; rather, they maximize the return on investment by extending the life of hoses. When you maintain and store tubes properly, you will be able to extend their life for years to come.
By following the below simple steps, you can get more life out of your garden hose and save yourself the trouble of having to replace it or call the plumber frequently.
Store Your Garden Hose
Water should be drained out
When closing your hose, make sure all of the water has been drained. Ensure that the tube is free of water. By hoisting the excess water over your shoulder, you can remove the excess water. An extended period of leftover water in the hose can damage it.
Use a hanger
The use of a garden hose hanger can simply extend its lifespan. After you have finished working with the hose, you should store it with a hanger. With a few dollars you can buy a hanger or you can build one yourself from some old idle materials around the house. I am pretty sure, what you invest on a hanger for hose, in return you will get a multiplied benefits.
Avoid direct sunlight
Sun exposure can weaken your hose, so keep your hose away from the sun. Direct contact with the sun could also fade the color. Avoid storing your hose where there is direct sunlight; instead, you should store it in a shaded area. Be careful not to burn the hose with the sun.
Prevent the extreme cold from affecting it
Hoses are damaged by cold weather. Cold weather can cause water to freeze in hoses that still have water in them. A tube’s material weakens and stretches when water expands in freezing conditions. Don’t leave a hose outside in cold weather. That’s the worst thing you can do to your hose.
You should store hoses in the garage or basement to keep them protected from cold weather.
Keep it away from sharp tools
Some of the tools used by a gardener must be sharp, since there are so many. In contact with sharp tools, the hosepipe may be damaged. Hoses should not be in contact with sharp tools. If you have a hose lying on the ground, make sure you keep an eye out for a lawnmower to run over it.
Keep your hose coiled
Then coil your hose properly using a hand coiler or a hose reel, depending on how much work you have done. In the event that the tube has kinks, you should re-roll it immediately to prevent splitting. If you keep your hose correctly coiled on the reel you can avoid twisting, fracturing, or leaking.
Keep the hose from kinking
Tubing tends to be kinked in most cases, whereas a metal hose does not have kinks. The material of a hose is pinched by Kinks as they are pulled tight.
Kinking tends to cause the hose to stretch too much, resulting in tearing or splitting of the material. In the end, the tube is holed.
A hose becomes twisted when it develops kinks. By stretching the hose, you can untwist a tube so that it is as straight as possible.
In order to make your hose kink-free, you will need to give it some time. Follow a few simple, actionable tricks to fix garden hose kinks and you will become an expert.
Keep your hose in the right place
Your tube may live longer if you keep it in the right place.
The hose should always be put away after use in order to avoid kinking, getting dragged over the lawnmower, and so on.
You can store your coiled hose on a wall or in a garage for a long time, especially during the winter.
Repair Garden Hose Leaks
It doesn’t matter how well you use their hose, it can get leaking at any time! Don’t even think about throwing it away. Taking a few minutes to repair the leak is a much faster solution.
A rubber patch and some good super glue on the leaky area may work in case of a small pinhole. Using a rubber tube patch kit when you are using a rubber garden hose is more professional and better