How to Winterize Your Garden Hose

Cold weather in Kansas City can bring on all sorts of problems, like frozen pipes and faulty furnaces. One easy way to avoid some potential issues is to winterize your garden hose. If left outside, the water trapped in the hose can expand and cause holes and cracks. Further, if the garden hose is connected to a water line, it can cause damage to the water pressure and water lines throughout your home. Follow this easy step-by-step tutorial to safely and efficiently store your hose for winter. If you need assistance with cracked or damaged pipes, call a professional technician from A.B. May to schedule an inspection.


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1. Turn off outdoor water spigot and disconnect hose completely. 

Disconnect the garden hose from the water spigot. This will ensure there will be no damage to your pipes because of the garden hose.

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2. Let out all water left in hose and detach spray nozzle if you have one. 

It's easy to forget about the water that may be left in the hose, but this is a vital step. Releasing the water from the garden hose will prevent any extra water from staying in your hose during the winter. Removing the spray nozzle head will keep it in working condition until the spring, without building up sediment or ice.

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3. Remove all kinks in the hose and wind it into a circle. 

The circle should be approximately three feet. This will allow you to store it properly while also allowing the hose to breathe. Kinks in the hose may cause long term damage and create a home for fungus and mold.

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4. Store in a temperature-controlled location. 

A garden hose will have the longest life if stored in a temperature-controlled room throughout the winter. Keep hoses in a closet or basement until the spring to ensure they will work properly when the flowers bloom.


Your home and pipes will thank you for learning how to winterize your garden hose. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to a professional plumber from A.B May.


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