If you have a leak in your garden hose, don’t stress about having to invest in a brand new one, because with a few easy steps and a little help from your local hardware store, you can solve most common garden hose leaks on your own.
Not sure how to perform the necessary DIY repairs? Keep reading to see our tips for fixing a leaky garden hose yourself:
How to Find the Leak
The first step is to locate the source of the leak, and the easiest way to do it is to attach a spray nozzle to the end of your hose and turn on the flow of water.
The water pressure will build up inside your hose and leaks will make themselves apparent, allowing you to identify them easily. If the leak is coming from your hose itself, make sure to mark the area with a permanent marker so that it is easy to find once the water has been shut off.
Is the faucet leaking?
The faucet is the section which connects your garden hose to your home’s plumbing system, and after years of use the packing nut in the faucet may start to loosen and lead to leaks.
Luckily, you can usually solve this issue quickly by re-tightening the packing nut with a standard wrench, and, if that doesn’t solve the leak, try wrapping a piece of Teflon tape around the stem of the faucet before putting the packing nut back into place.
Is the Hose Connector the Problem?
If the leak is coming from your hose connector, don’t throw away your hose! First, take a moment to inspect the gasket and see if it looks like it needs to be replaced. If it does, then replacing it may solve your leak issue.
If not, just run to your local hardware store and pick up a hose barb kit and repair it yourself. All you need to do is snip off the end of the hose so that the leaky section is removed, and use the kit to attach a new, perfectly functioning end.
Is the Hose Leaking?
If you remembered to mark the leaky area on your hose with a permanent marker, then solving your leak issue is as easy as can be. Just pick up a hose repair kit from the store, and use garden shears to snip off and remove the compromised section of hose.
Then, use the coupler and clamps provided to re-attach the two sections of the hose, and get back to enjoying daily, stress-free use of your garden hose.