How to Maintain Your Hose and Extend Its Life
Hoses are a necessary part of any household, and as such, they should be treated with care.
Properly maintaining your hose means not having to purchase a new one because your
current no longer works due to preventable damage. By investing a small amount of time in
hose protection and following a simple garden hose management routine, you can
significantly increase the lifetime of your hose and, subsequently, the simplicity of your
Installing and caring for your hose
Set your hose up for success by adhering to proper installation protocol. Ensure your hose is
set up when the temperatures are 70 degrees Fahrenheit or higher for maximum flexibility.
Unwind your hose loosely in a circular motion as you prepare to attach it to the spigot.
Double-check that your washer is snugly seated in the coupling that attaches to the home, as
an error in the washer installation can result in leaking later on. Once you have successfully
attached your hose, run water through it and then lay it out flat for one day to allow it to heat
up. Please note that it is recommended to lay your brand new hose out when you first set it
up, but otherwise, hoses should be stored out of direct sunlight and off of the ground where
they are susceptible to certain harmful fungi.
How do kinks develop? (And how to stop it from happening)
One of the most common causes for a hose replacement is chronic or severe kinking that
causes irreparable damage to your hose. While these issues can be indicative of old age,
oftentimes they arise prematurely as a result of improper care. A number of different factors
come into play when thinking about why your hose might be kinking, including excess
exposure to sun and heat, improper storage, and highly centralized pressure on a specific
point along your hose. To ensure your hose does not fall victim to these types of preventable
kinks, follow these steps below:
Follow proper garden hose coiling techniques after each use
Never hang your hose on a nail
Invest in a hose hanger or storage mechanism that allows for large loops
Store hose out of direct sunlight, preferably indoors or under cover
Prevent garden hose leaking before it starts
Not only can hose leaks waste huge amounts of water, but they can also be detrimental to
your hose if left untreated. We recommend getting on a schedule of changing out the washer
at the mouth of your hose yearly, preferably at the start of your busiest hose use season.
Often, leaks at the mouth of the hose are caused by a deteriorating washer, so making sure
to replace it often can prevent water loss and frustration caused by leaks.
Should you notice your garden hose leaking before your scheduled washer replacement time,
don’t hesitate to inspect the washer for proper placement as soon as the first drip occurs to
prevent water loss or damage to your hose. If the washer has already sufficiently deteriorated
after inspection and cannot be remedied by the loosening of buildup or resituating for proper
placement, replace immediately. Throughout the year, be sure to disconnect and reconnect at
least two times to help maintain the proper seal of the washer, preventing the need to replace
it more frequently. When you disconnect the hose, make sure to dislodge any signs of
corrosion or buildup caused by environmental elements which, if left untreated, can cause the
hose to fuse to the attachment.
Garden Hose Storage
When you have finished using your hose, allow any excess water to drain before storing it.
Leftover water in the hose can breed bacteria that are harmful to your hose. Coiling your hose
slowly over your shoulder can help drain excess water after use. If you have a hose reel,
loosely wind the hose for storage. Otherwise, you can use the coiling method that you used
for draining to create 3-foot loops, and store on a hose rack or in a large container. Please
note: To avoid kinking hose problems, you should never hang your hose on a nail with
centralized pressure in one spot.
At the end of the day, taking a few extra steps and precautions when using your hose can
save you money and time on your gardening routine. With the money you will save on hose
replacements by following a proper hose maintenance routine, you can afford to invest in a
more suitable hose for your gardening needs and lifestyle.