How to Fix a Leaky Garden Hose Yourself
Did you notice that your hose was leaking the last time you used it?
While this may not seem like a pressing issue, a leak in your hose can drive up the amount of water you use when you wash your car, driveway, or water your lawn or garden, and should be avoided at all costs. However, many homeowners will put off repairing their hoses because they don’t know how to fix it themselves, and don’t want to spend on a new hose.
How can you save money and repair your hose? Keep reading for our DIY steps:
How to Find the Leak
Sometimes locating the leak in your hose can be a bit tricky, so we recommend attaching a spray nozzle to the end of your hose (so water can’t escape) and turning on the water flow. Then, watch for leaks to spring up as pressure builds inside the hose. If you have a leak along the length of your hose, make sure to mark the area with a permanent marker so you can find it once the water is shut off.
Is the Leak Coming from Your Faucet?
If the leak is coming from the faucet, which is also known as the ‘hose bib,’ then the first thing to do is inspect the area and see if anything looks worn-out and in need of replacing. In particular, the packing nut in this area can become loose and cause leaks, so make sure to tighten it with a wrench, and to cover the stem of the faucet with Teflon tape if tightening the packing nut doesn’t work at first.
Is Your Hose Connector Leaking?
If your hose connector seems to be the source of the leak, make sure to check the gasket to see if it appears to be loose, or worn-out. In that case, replacing the gasket will likely solve the issue, but if it seems to be intact, then you may need to replace the end of your hose. Luckily, you can accomplish this pretty quickly: just snip the end of your hose off and use a hose barb kit to attach a new end.
Is Your Hose Leaking?
If the leak is originating from your hose, don’t just throw it out; you can repair it quickly and keep your original hose for years to come. All you need to do is purchase a hose repair kit, and snip off the leaky area of hose using garden shears. Then, use the clamps and coupler from the kit to reattach the sections of hose together.
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