Replacing a garden hose comes down to more than just aesthetics. If you have had the same garden hose for more than five years, it has been sitting out in the sun or it is heavy and cumbersome to move, it is probably time to purchase a new one.
Over time, garden hoses can start to break, leak, or corrode. When this happens, the hose will waste water and the corroded elements can even be harmful to plants, animals, or even children drinking from the hose. Even worse, hoses that have been left undrained for extended periods of time can develop harmful levels of bacteria.
There are a number of benefits that come with a new garden hose. For many, the most notable benefit is the fact that there will not be any corrosion inside the hose, particularly on the fittings on each end of the hose.
You will also have water that is cleaner and safer for anything living (plants and people alike) that receive water from the hose.
If you have decided that it is time to purchase a new hose, be sure to follow these simple steps to ensure the longevity of the hose:
Keep the hose out of sunlight when not in use.
Store in a dark, cool place.
Drain the hose when not in use. This is particularly important in very hot and very cold conditions.
Use a garden hose nozzle so that dirt and bacteria can’t get into the hose as easily.
Contact the manufacturer to see if they have any additional recommendations.