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As the leaves get hauled away and the temperatures start to drop, we know that winter is on its way. This time of year brings a host of unique challenges for homeowners, not the least of which is preparing your home’s plumbing system for the cooler weather. One simple yet crucial step you can take is to disconnect, wrap up, and pack away your garden hose. And cover with an insulated cap.
Why Is This Important?
During the winter months, any water left inside your garden hose can freeze. As water freezes, it expands, which can cause your hose to crack or burst. But the damage isn’t limited to the hose itself. If the hose is still connected to the faucet, the ice can actually travel up into your pipes, causing them to freeze and potentially burst as well. A burst pipe is a serious issue that can cause extensive water damage to your home and require costly repairs.
How to Properly Store Your Garden Hose for Winter
- Disconnect the Hose: Start by disconnecting the hose from the faucet. Make sure to drain any remaining water out of the hose. Leaving water in the hose over the winter can lead to damage and shorten its lifespan.
- Clean and Dry the Hose: Use a mild soap and warm water to clean the outside of the hose, removing any dirt or grime. Rinse thoroughly and allow the hose to dry completely before storing it. A damp hose can develop mold or mildew over the winter.
- Wrap It Up: Once the hose is dry, coil it up neatly. Try to avoid any kinks or twists that could damage the hose. If your hose is long, you might find it easier to divide it into two or three smaller coils.
- Store in a Dry, Frost-Free Place: Finally, store your coiled hose in a dry, frost-free place. A shed, garage, or basement is often a good choice. If you don’t have any indoor spaces available, consider investing in a waterproof storage container to protect your hose from the elements.
By taking the time to properly store your garden hose for the winter, you can extend its life and prevent potential damage to your home’s plumbing system. As always, if you need assistance with any aspect of your home’s plumbing, heating, air conditioning, or electrical systems, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Academy Plumbing. We’ve been Albuquerque’s reliable service provider since 1971, and we’re here to help you prepare your home for the winter season. #WinterPreparation #PlumbingTips