The start of the outdoor season is a good time to make sure your outdoor tools are serving you well.
Why it matters: Weather extremes can damage hose bibs and garden hoses.
- Making tasks like watering the yard or washing the car more frustrating.
💡 Before you’re in the middle of a task, lay your hoses out completely and turn on the water.
- Check for leaks at the hose bib, the nozzle or anywhere along the hose.
👉 Leak under hose bib hande?
- This is usually a worn out washer and can be fixed with the right size washer and graphite packing string. (Plenty of YouTube videos will show you how to do it.)
👉 Leak at hose bib fitting?
- You either have damaged threads on the spigot, on the hose or simply a worn out washer.
- Wash the threaded portions with warm soapy water and a brush and wrap the spigot threads with plumbers tape.
- Replace the rubber washers in your hoses.
👉 Leak in the middle of a hose and you want to save it?
- After finding a small hole, mark it with a sharpie, let the hose dry and wrap with electrical tape.
- A large hole or tear can be fixed with a hose mender kit like this one.
👉 Leak between hose and spray nozzle?
- Replace the rubber washer in the nozzle.
- Examine the threads on the hose — if damaged you can use the hose mender kit to repair it.
✅ For your Smart Homeowner list
- Ready for new hoses? Check out these options … and make sure you get the right length for the best experience.
- Gardtech expandable hose with 7-pattern spray nozzle.
- Unywarse stainless steel hose with 10 function nozzle.