How to Fix a Leaky Garden Hose Yourself
The last thing you have time for in your busy schedule is a leaking hose.
Nevertheless, hoses wear out at the most inconvenient times. However, while buying a new hose seems like the easiest solution, it can be costly and may not solve your problem.
The good news is you may have to do nothing more than replace a washer or a gasket. You may even have to cut out the damaged section of hose, but the repairs are so simple you can do the job with ease. In a matter of minutes, you’ve fixed the leak, conquered the issue and gotten right back on schedule.
Locating the Leak
A cold splash of water in the face is a sure sign your hose is leaking, but low water pressure may hint at the same issue. However, finding the leak could pose another problem.
First check the hose bib, or where the hose connects to the faucet, and at any connecting points. If you don’t find the leak, check the length of the hose until you find the troublesome spot.
Leaky Hose Bib
In many cases, a worn out washer in the faucet is the issue. Fortunately, this is an easy fix you can complete in just a few minutes.
Turn the water off at the main.
- Unscrew the packing nut.
- Remove the hose bib.
- Use a screwdriver to remove the old washer.
- Put in the new washer.
- Replace the hose bib.
- Wrap Teflon tape around the stem.
- Tighten the packing nut.
Hose Connection Leaks
I cannot count how many times I pulled out the hose to water the yard only to take an unexpected and very cold shower. The cause was a leak where two hoses connected. If only I’d known how easy it is to fix the leak.
Simply use a tool, like a screwdriver, to remove the old gasket. However, rather than replacing the old part with a new one, you should use an O-ring to create a better seal and help prevent leaks.
A Hole in the Hose
The number of ways a hose can end up with a hole are countless and range from prickly rosebushes to garden tools. Fortunately, a hose repair kit is the solution to your leaky hose problem.
- Cut off the damaged section of the hose.
- Slide a clamp provided in the kit into one end of the hose.
- Next, slide the coupler into place.
- Move the clamp over the coupler and tighten the screws.
- Repeat these steps with the other end of the hose.
Repairing your hose is an easy fix you can do yourself. However, if you uncover a more serious problem, contact Super Plumbers in Tyler, TX at 903-500-2581.