Fixing a Leaky Garden Hose
Nothing is more frustrating than noticing a leaky garden hose. Usually, you’ll find it’s leaking when you go to wash your car or water the garden, making it even more irritating. If you have a leaky garden hose, don’t immediately toss it in the bin, save money and feel accomplished with a DIY repair. Here are some tips and tricks for using a DIY approach to garden hose repair:
The First Step is Locating the Leak
Before you begin considering a repair, inspect the hose and look for the location of the leak. Not all garden hose leaks stem from the hose itself. Other common areas that leak include the gasket and hose bib connection. The location of the leak determines the best course of action for repair.
Hose Bib Connection Leak
If the leak is coming from the hose bib connection, the most common culprit is a worn-out washer. Over time, washers wear out, and minerals build up and cause problems, or in some cases, the washer was incorrectly sized, to begin with. Leaking in this area is easy to fix. Just remove the old washer with a tool and replace it with a new one. Once you have replaced the washer, make sure you tighten the screw in place and test the hose, so you know it will work correctly the next time you need it.
These types of leaks are easily fixed by replacing the old gasket with a new o-ring. The o-ring is a small rubber disc that fits into a place where the end of the hose connects to the nozzle or handle. If you look inside, you will probably notice the current o-ring is worn-out or solidified, requiring replacement. Remove the old O-ring and any remnants left behind and place a new o-ring in its place. This fix takes less than 5 minutes and will help save you money from not buying a new hose.
Sometimes, the hose itself can become damaged. Whether it’s from getting pinched, pierced or punctured, a tear in the hose material does not mean you need a new hose. Go to the hardware store and purchase a hose repair kit. These kits are easy to use and come with simple instructions. All you need to do is clamp the hose on either side of the puncture, cut the damaged section out and replace it with the new material provided in the hose repair kit. This fix is straightforward and affordable without needing to purchase a brand new hose.
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