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How to Extend the Life of Your Garden Hose

As with anything, if you take proper care of it, it will last longer, plus save you money in the long run. This rings true for garden hoses.

  • For starters, you want to invest in a good quality hose. Not sure which brand is best? Google online to compare and read reviews. If you buy the cheapest hose you can find, well it’s safe to say that you will probably be replacing it soon after. Be sure to buy a length that will best suit your yard.
  • When you shut off your hose, you want to ensure that all of the water is drained out of it. Water left sitting in the hose can cause damage.
  • Keep your hose out of the sun, as the heat will expand the hose. UV rays can also weaken the material in which the hose is made out of.
  • After each use, be sure to coil the hose vs. just letting it sit on the grass or pavement. You also want to avoid driving over it with your car, bikes, motorbikes etc.
  • If you get a kink in your hose, take the time to re-roll it to prevent splitting. You’ll want to do this immediately. It’s not something that you want to let sit for a few days or more before you get back to it.
  • If your washers are leaking or dripping, replace them. It’s actually a great idea to get into the habit of automatically replacing them each spring.
  • When winter comes, be sure to drain your hose, remove attachments, and store it to protect it from the elements and cold temperatures.
  • If you need to repair your hose, go to your nearest hardware store and buy a repair kit. Not sure if your hose can be repaired? Take a photo of it with your cell phone and show it to the clerk at the store. They will be able to let you know if it can be fixed, and if so, point you in the right direction.

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