5 Basic Hose Maintenance Tips to Help Your Garden Hose Last Longer


Gardening can be a rewarding and relaxing hobby, but it’s also a lot of work. Between digging holes, planting seeds and watering your garden, you need all the help you can get. That’s why keeping your garden hose in good condition is so important. The last thing you want is to go out into your backyard only to find that the water pressure coming out of your hose has dropped dramatically or worse yet—it has completely stopped working! Luckily, there are some easy ways to make sure that doesn’t happen!

Empty your garden hose before storing it.

  • Empty your garden hose before storing it.
  • Let it dry out.
  • Store in a cool, dry place.
  • Don’t store it in a hot attic or garage where the heat will cause rubber to crack and potentially burst.

It is also important that you store your garden hose away from chemicals, fertilizers and other harmful substances because these things can corrode the metal parts of your hose, causing leaky hoses that aren’t safe to use.

Don’t leave the hose outside in freezing weather.

You should never leave your hose outside in freezing weather. The reason for this is that any water within the hose can freeze and expand, which will cause it to burst or crack the plastic. Here are some tips on how to store your garden hose so that it’s protected from freezing:

  • Store hoses in a warm, dry place like a garage. If you have a basement, consider storing them there as well. This will help keep them from freezing during cold winters (or even just chilly days).
  • If you don’t have access to heated storage areas, try covering the hoses with insulation made specifically for plastic pipes or wrapping them in blankets at night when temperatures drop below 32°F/0°C and uncovering them during warmer times of day; do not drape anything over top of an active garden hose! Doing so could trap moisture inside and cause corrosion damage down inside where you can’t see it

Store garden hoses out of direct sunlight to prevent degradation.

The sun’s UV rays will degrade any hose, so it’s best to keep your garden hose out of direct sunlight. Store your garden hose in a cool, dry place, such as a basement or garage. If you don’t have room for storage or don’t have access to a basement or garage—or if the weather is too hot and humid in those areas—you can also store your hoses under coverings like tarps and canvas tents.

You should never store hoses next to heat sources like furnaces or vents (or even near outdoor heat sources like grills). This can cause degradation that makes the water inside the hose expand, which leads to leaks!

And one more thing: don’t store hoses next to chemicals either! Chemicals like gasoline will react with the plastic and cause damage over time.

Don’t use a 3/4″” hose for high-pressure water flow.

When choosing a garden hose, it’s important to consider what you’ll need it for. A 3/4″ hose is meant for low-pressure water flow and watering plants, not cleaning cars or washing floors. It’s better suited for that purpose than the larger 1″ hoses because the smaller diameter restricts the flow of water so less pressure is needed to move it through your hose.

If you want to use a large, high-pressure garden hose on your small plantings—and don’t mind spending more money on another one in a few months—then by all means go ahead! But if your goal is simply to have fun with a new toy without having to replace it after every use, stick with something more appropriate for your desired application (and save yourself some cash in the process).

Disconnect, drain and store hoses properly.

When you’re done using your garden hose, it’s important to disconnect, drain and store the hose properly.

  • Turn off the water supply by unscrewing the end of your hose from the faucet.
  • Disconnecting or draining a wet or damp garden hose can cause serious damage to floors, patios and other surfaces so always be careful when doing this task!
  • Drain out any remaining water through turning it upside down and shaking vigorously until all water has been drained away (if you have a metal garden/sprinkler pipe then this has probably already been done).
  • Store in a cool dry place such as garage or shed away from direct sunlight if possible; never put into direct sunlight as this may cause damage to rubber hoses causing cracks etc over time.”

Keep your hoses clean and untangled.

  • Clean your hose with a garden hose brush. This will remove dirt and debris, but make sure you don’t use soap or detergent when you clean it.
  • Unwind the hose and hang it up to dry after each use. If you don’t do this, bacteria can start growing on it which could lead to mold growth in the future!
  • Don’t store the hose in an area that gets a lot of dirt and debris (like grass). The more dirt there is around your hose, the faster its lifespan will decrease because more bacteria will thrive in these conditions!

You can take care of your garden hoses so you will not need to replace them as often.

By taking care of your garden hoses, you can extend their life and save money on replacements. Here are 5 basic tips to help you keep your garden hoses in good shape:

  • Don’t leave the hose outside when temperatures drop below freezing. The rubber will crack and leak once it freezes, which will cause water damage to any surface that comes into contact with it.
  • Don’t use a 3/4″ hose for high-pressure water flow applications like washing cars or cleaning windows indoors (unless the manufacturer says it’s safe). Water traveling through a small diameter pipe has more force than that going through a larger pipe, so the smaller diameter one is more likely to burst under such pressure; plus these smaller diameter hoses tend not to be rated for indoor use anyway because they don’t have UV protection like most other types of hose do.(1) If you need strong water flow but want something lightweight enough not to weigh down your hand while holding onto it during long periods of time then consider getting either an extra heavy duty or highly flexible version instead – both types are available in all sizes except 1 inch models where only heavy duty models exist because no flexible option exists yet due not having enough demand yet among consumers who prefer lighter weight options.*(2)*(3)


Hopefully, this article has given you some great ideas on how to take care of your garden hose and ensure that it lasts as long as possible. If you’re looking for even more information on caring for your hose, check out our other blog post about Hose Care Tips!

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