The Elements Are Hard On Equipment
Most people prefer to just go buy a new garden hose when one gets a crack or hole in it. However, a new hose isn’t cheap and especially if you are buying a high-quality hose.
Leaving a hose outside in the Colorado weather is one of the main reasons they spring a leak. Extreme weather can damage the vinyl material pretty easily, and especially in cold temperatures if you leave water in the hose and it freezes.
It isn’t too hard to find the leak. It’s given away by the wet spot on the ground or when it sprays you while trying to figure out why your pressure isn’t as good as it should be. Depending on where it is leaking, there are some options and they are much cheaper than buying a new hose.
Garden Hose Repair
Here are the steps to using a garden hose repair kit:
Step 1: Cut Hose
Using the utility knife, cut cleanly through the hose. The safest way to do this is to lay the hose on the ground, so you can apply pressure without your fingers getting in the way. The cut needs to be smooth and square, not slanted or ragged. You can simply cut off the broken part or cut the hose to any length you want.
Step 2: Insert Replacement End
Push the threaded replacement end of the hose repair kit as far as it will go into the cut end of the garden hose. Since the sleeve in the replacement end will be a tight fit, it might take a bit of effort to work the hose over the sleeve, but it’s important to make sure the sleeve goes all the way into the hose.
Step 3: Attach Clamp
Using a screwdriver, attach the clamp that came with the hose repair kit securely around the end of the garden hose. Make sure the two screws (or one screw if your kit comes with a hose clamp) are very tight, to prevent your garden hose repair from leaking.
See the full post here: How to repair a broken garden hose
One of the problems many people encounter is that the hose is leaking where it attaches to a sprinkler or sprayer. Almost 100% of the time this is due to the washer inside the female end going bad.
Pull out the washer and take a look at it. If it is cracked or damaged, that is your problem. You just have to replace it with a new washer, which you can buy inexpensively at the local garden center.
As mentioned in the above section on how to repair a garden hose, the process is fairly quick and easy. Here is a video demonstrating the basics of garden hose repair:
It was ironic that the last section of the above video he replaces a male end with a female end. Oh well, I guess it was the idea that mattered, but having two female ends on a hose might make hooking up a sprinkler interesting. 🤔
You will generally have better success using brass repair connections as opposed to plastic. There are a number different styles of repair options but if you do some research, you’ll see reviews on the best alternatives.
Storing Your Equipment
Storing your hoses properly will help keep them functioning longer. This post discusses tips for protecting your gardening equipment:
When coiling up a garden hose, using the same type of figure eight wrap will prevent the tube from permanently developing a kink to the left or the right. Over time, kinks in the line will eventually turn into holes.
Kinks aren’t only caused by improper coiling, but also by folding the lines in half when changing out sprinkler heads. Since I water from a central well, this lazy way of kinking the end saves me multiple trips on irrigation day.
Unfortunately, over time that fold will eventually split and then must be repaired. Avoid the temptation to kink the tubing at the end, and always turn the water on or off by using the faucet.
Read more here: How To Extend The Life Of A Garden Hose
If the leak is really small, you might be able to get away with using electrical tape or possibly rubber cement glue, but it probably won’t last. You’re better off following the above steps to preserve your hoses.
It’s easier on any equipment not to be exposed to Mother Nature. Tires can get cracked and hardened when stored outside. Gas-powered lawn mowers and trimmers are also subject to the effects of the heat and cold.
A little upkeep in the fall and spring will go a long way in making your life easier for each growing season. Call your landscaper in Denver for more tips for maintaining your yard equipment.