As a gardener, garden hoses are among the ‘must-have’ equipment of use. A garden hose is one of those multipurpose items that you can use for other water tasks successfully besides water supply in the garden.
But when a garden hose is torn, bent, or even leaky, water chores become challenging. Sadly, you only notice the hitch when you start doing the job. Luckily, you can repair quickly and prolong its life rather than replace it.
Herein is a detailed article concerning leaky garden hose, read on.
Why Does A Garden Hose Leak?
A garden hose will leak because of many reasons. The water pressure can be extreme for the hose pipe to handle hence causing a leak or if the fittings have cracks or worn out. Other times it can also be due to a loose connection at the faucet. A leaky garden hose is hard to use and wastes a lot of water.
Altogether, when you turn on the water and notice a leak from your garden hose, get to know where the leak originates. A garden hose has many parts, and either of them can be faulty, thus causing a leak. Knowing the origin of the leak will help you in solving it amicably. So, where exactly is the source of the leak?
Faucet: Also known as a hose bib. The tap regulates the water flowing out of a garden hose. Usually, it’s found close to the water source allowing you to turn the water flow on /off and slow /fast.
Hose connector: Hose connectors connect a pipe (garden hose) to tap close to the faucet or even attach it with a sprinkler. Also, you can use hose connectors to connect several garden hoses to a single tap.
Packing/pressing nut: This is a valve found in the stopper, and it offers a water-resistant cap around the stem of the tap.
Gasket: A gasket is a piece of a mechanical seal that fills the space among not less than two mating parts. It helps avoid leakage from the attached components when under extreme pressure.
Washer: A washer is a narrow level round ring of either elastic or metal usually fixed over a fastener before the nut. You can find the washer between the spindle and pressing nut.
Good news! You can quickly repair your garden hose by yourself—no need for a plumber or getting a replacement.
How to Fix Garden Hose Leak
After locating the source of the leak from your garden hose, it is time to fix it. Each part requires a different way of fixing. In case the garden hose is leaking;
From The Faucet
You can use either of the below steps to repair a leaky faucet.
Things you will need;
- A wrench
- Teflon tape
For starters, locate the packing nut and work loose the handle using a wrench then tighten it afresh. Also, use like 8” Teflon tape to wrap around it to seal and form a secure connecting when pulling back. If it still doesn’t work, you can remove the whole faucet by untightening the packing nut and substituting the washer. One of the above methods will generally work just fine in repairing a leak in the hose bib.
From The Hose End
A hose-end will break and cause leaks because of temperature changes, frozen water inside the hose, or even constant bending around and close to the fittings.
Things you will need;
- Hose fitting repair kit
Therefore, to solve this hose end leak, cut off the end near the fitting. Then replace the ends from the hose fitting repair kit.
From The Hose Fittings
A leak from the hose fitting means either the gasket or the washer is faulty. These are easy to replace.
Things you will need;
- Flathead screwdriver
To replace a gasket, you need to remove the faulty one first. Using the flat head screwdriver, loosen out the existing one. Put the new gasket in the right position using the screwdriver and push it in till it’s tightly secured. Remember, the size of the gasket diameter matters, so be cautious when purchasing a replacement. Make sure it is tight to avoid dropping out.
At times leaking will occur due to a loose hose connector. Check if anything is missing or the arrangement is in order inside the hose connector. To achieve this, turn off the tap and drain all the water and pressure from the hose. Remove the fitting from the tap and check. Make sure the yellow nut fits securely to prevent room for air or water by inserting it tightly on the fitting base.
Tip: Even though the gasket makes an ideal seal, replacing the flat gasket with an O-ring will be much better.
From The Hose
A hose will most likely leak from a pinhole or crack but worry not! You can either seal it using a tire puncture repair or rubber cement. Either way will work just fine, but there’s a better way of repairing a hose leak. Read on.
Things you will need;
- Hose repair kit
This method will involve cutting the section of the pipe where the hole exists. Use hose menders to piece together the areas of the hose after cutting out the faulty parts. However, please purchase a new garden hose in case of more than two leaks.
Overall tip: Always make sure you turn off the water from the primary source while repairing any garden hose leak.
Safety Tips from Future Damage
- Do not leave the hose outside in maximum temperatures. Prevailing folds are likely to advance into cracks if exposed to extreme heat or cold. Store the garden hose in a cool and dry place, preferably in the garage after use.
- Lightly coil and store your hose on a hose cart when not in use to keep it kink-free. A hose cart will make it stress-free to move your hose to the point of work or storage without the hose catching on bushes, equipment, or sharp objects on the way that can create tears or holes.
- If you like it better to hang the hose on the wall, use a wall-mounted wheel hanger, especially for hose storage. Avoid hanging a hose on a large nail as this can prod holes on it.
- Clear out any remaining water from a hose after a watering period. Use a nozzle to spray the water out, then lift and shake the hose gently with the hose end pointing downwards to remove any remaining moisture. Stagnant water can ‘eat away’ the gaskets and decrease the reliability of their seal.
- If you need to replace your hose, decide on rubber over vinyl. Rubber hoses are likely to be tougher to temperature variations and will not crack over time than the vinyl counterparts.
In A Brief
Leaking is inevitable due to several causes such as temperature, weather, and pressure. However, always act promptly when you notice a leak on your garden hose. Even though there are solutions for the leaks, remember they are not permanent. Therefore, regular maintenance or your garden hose will help a lot to avoid more leaks.
In cases of severe leaks, call a plumber or replace the garden hose.
A leaky garden hose is no cause for alarm. Remarkably you can DIY quickly and inexpensively without the need to buy a new one. Locate, and fix the leaks appropriately. Voila! Problem solved.