Written by Dale Richardson - Updated: June 23, 2023
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Garden hoses are quite simple, but incredibly useful little contraptions. Today, we're talking about how to ensure you get the most out of your little gardening buddy. There's not too much to really worry about with garden hoses, but we've got answers to the two most commonly-asked questions related to hoses that we get on Fraffles.
So what's on the docket today?
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This is gonna be a short and sweet little guy, so let's just dive right in, shall we? There's no sense in wasting time.
Let's get you some answers, yeah?
This is one of those questions that really depends on the specific hose you got. As with all things in life, you get what you pay for with garden hoses, and that means that the more expensive ones generally last much longer than others.
On average, a good garden hose will last between 5-10 years, though this will depend on how well you take care of it, the quality of its make, and whether you're okay withrepairing a hose when it inevitably fails.
With low-quality hoses, though, you'll often find that they crack, leak, and rot within 1-2 years, often sooner.
And here, we come to a "yes, but actually no" type of question. The short answer is that the longer a hose is left on, the more wear and tear it'll take. This is exacerbated by the heat of summer, as most hoses (especially cheap ones) are made from material that doesn't handle heat very well, if at all.
The long answer, though, is a bit more complicated. You're more than able to leave a hose on for minutes or hours at a time, assuming you need to do so - after all, that is its whole job, yeah? But if you leave it running for no reason other than laziness, you're going to find that it fails faster than if you'd just turned it off when done.
It's also worth noting that this can cause stress on the actual water delivery valve on your home, which can lead to a host of other issues. If you left the hose on for say, 8 hours, you'd likely find that your water delivery valve will begin to leak - this is because you blew out the gasket keeping the seal.
In short, yes you can leave the hose on in summer, but it's best to turn it off when you're done, otherwise, you risk damage to both the hose and water delivery valve on your home.
There are six primary things to look for when buying a new hose. Your mileage will vary based on your needs, but each of these factors is useful to keep in mind when shopping for longevity:
And that's that!
All in all, hoses are pretty simple contraptions. They help bring water from point A to B, and when properly taken care of, will last you for ages. Just be sure to look for a few specific things when shopping, such as rubber hoses with metal couplings and high Bar/PSI max pressure, and you'll be quite happy with your hose.
Now all that's left is to figure out where you left that dang thing last summer...
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