Views:55 Author:XIANSHUN Publish Time: 2019-01-15 Origin:ehow
A garden hose left outdoors in freezing temperatures is susceptible to damage, such as cracking. Water inside the hose expands as it freezes, causing the damage. Winterizing outdoor garden hoses and faucets extends their lives. Late fall or early winter is the time to prepare the hose, depending on when freezing temperatures normally hit your area. Winterizing outdoor water access is a wise move even if you live in an area with mild winters with only a short period with freezing temperatures.
1. Shut off the water to the outdoor faucet. Most exterior faucets have a separate shutoff valve inside the house. Turn on the faucet so any remaining water runs out of the pipes and out through the hose.
2. Next you need to drain the hose of any water and let it dry out as much as possible. If water is allowed to sit inside the hose as temperatures drop, it may freeze, expanding inside the hose and causing cracks. To empty the hose, set one end on the ground and carefully raise the length of it over your shoulder to drain it. As the water begins to drain more slowly, run your hands over the remaining section of hose a few feet at a time to empty any remaining water. Allow the drained sections to coil on the ground as you work.
3. Tip the hose sections so any remaining water inside drains out. Water left in the hose can freeze and damage the interior walls.
4. Coil the garden hose into large loops about 2 feet in diameter. Inspect the coiled hose to ensure it isn't pinched or kinked. Coil each section of garden hose separately.
5. Screw the two ends of the hose together. This keeps the hoses clean over the winter and prevents unraveling of the loops.
6. Place the hose on a hanger inside a garage or shed to protect it from extreme temperatures. Use a hanger made for hoses, which has a large, curved surface to support the hose. Hanging the hose on a nail may cause kinking from the stress of the weight in one spot.
7. Before you store the hose for the winter, organize it and all its accessories. Collect the hose and all the pieces that you might use with it, such as nozzles, wands, connectors, sprinklers and water timers, so you can sort them. A hose is usually too large to place in a storage container, but you can use plastic bins to hold smaller accessories. Mesh bags also work well for accessories that are part of a set, such a spray wand and its various tips.
8. To increase the longevity of a garden hose, store it inside during the winter. A garage is an ideal spot, particularly if it’s heated. Choose a designated spot for the hose, where you can place it and all its accessories. For the best results, store the hose on a reel that you can mount on the wall to keep it out of the way. If you don’t have room for a reel, coil the hose neatly on the ground instead. You may want to add a couple of shelves on the wall beside the hose where you can place the bins and bags with its accessories.