The winter can be hard on your hose. Below freezing temperatures without proper storage and care will definitely have you back at the store in the Spring. Not properly storing your hose can lead to the following issues:
Water left inside the hose can freeze, causing a rupture or weakening the lining of the hose.
A frozen hose can cause an interior pipe in your house to burst. This is possible because ice in the hose creates pressure throughout the plumbing system. It’s wise to disconnect your hose before the first hard freeze.
Mildew may grow from water left inside the hose.
Hoses may crack if they’re left kinked or sharply bent for extended periods.
Sunlight can degrade hoses.
Hoses stored on the floor or ground may suffer from dry rot.
Take these following simple and easy steps to help avoid this:
Turn the spigot off, and depress any attached spray nozzles to remove water.
Disconnect your garden hose.
Completely drain the hose. When doing this make sure to elevate the end of the hose that you disconnected as there may be some water in the middle. Walk the length of the hose, keeping each section elevated while the water drains. When you reach the end, keep the mouth of the hose elevated until all water had drained and the dripping has ended.
Coil the dry hose, making sure that there are no kinks. Your circle should be about three feet in diameter. Tip: It’s easier to coil a warm hose, so it’s desirable to get to this task before the really cold weather sets in.
Connect the end fittings to keep out the creepy crawlies.
Store your hose in a warm location off of the floor. Use a hose hanger or shelf.