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Keeping Up With Outdoor Plumbing Maintenance: Your Garden Hose

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How often do you stop to consider your garden hose? We’re willing to bet not as often as you should. When it comes to keeping up with outdoor plumbing, it’s easy to focus on just the water spigot or sprinkler system; But your hose requires proper care, too.

Let’s take a look at how you can carry out maintenance with your garden hose in order to maximize its lifespan and lessen the chances of incurring problems. We’ll review what “sun breakage” is and how you can avoid those high water bills at the end of the month.

Taking Care of Your Garden Plumbing For a Healthy Lawn

nsplashEvery homeowner dreams of that perfect, lush, green garden landscape; But if you want a healthy yard, you need to take care of your garden plumbing. It’s essential to have garden tools and plumbing you can rely on to assist you with care.

For instance, when you have a properly functioning hose, it can help you care and maintain your lawn as necessary. Of course, if you don’t properly store and take care of your hose, it can mean the difference between it lasting you one year or five years.

Maintaining the other plumbing aspects of your garden is key, as well. Your sprinklers, outdoor sink, spigot, and gutters all require regular care to make sure they continue to work properly. Calling a plumbing technician for a yearly inspection to make sure everything is in good shape can save you a lot of time and hassle.

Store Your Hose Properly & Avoid Sun Breakage & Other Damage

Caring for your garden hose is relatively easy; It mainly comes down to proper storage after every use. To ensure you’re not having to constantly buy new hoses due to damage, simply follow these steps to easy storage:

  1. nsplashDisconnect your hose from the spigot.
  2. Pick up one end of the hose and form a 2-3 foot long bend.
  3. Gather an additional 2-3 feet of the hose and fold into the bend you made, making a coil. Continue bending the hose in this manner until the entirety of the hose is coiled together.
  4. Once the hose is coiled, store it in the shade or in a shed to keep it out of the elements.

Bonus Tip: Purchase a hose reel to make coiling your hose simpler and more automatic!

By properly storing your hose, you’ll avoid untimely cracks and kinks resulting from sun breakage or neglecting to coil the hose. With proper care, you won’t have to worry about replacing your hose for 3-5 years!

Reduce Water Use With Proper Care of Your Hose

nsplashNo one likes a surprise water bill at the end of the month. Did you know that improper care and maintenance of your hose can lead to higher water use and a more expensive bill?

That’s right – water leaks among other emergencies can occur from a neglected water hose. Not only will you waste water from cracks that occur in your hose, but your spigot can leak as well due to a weak connection.

When is the last time you checked your hose? Is it put away correctly right now? Your garden and your wallet will thank you when you take proper care of your garden hose. Not to mention, conserving water is a great way to help the planet!

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