If you’re a lover of your backyard and spend a great amount of time gardening, then this might be one of the most annoying situations you have to deal with. You might be watering your flowers and then all of a sudden your water flow is disrupted. You turn around and notice a big kink in your hose. Then you ask yourself again, how do you stop a garden hose from kinking? Well, you’ve come to the right place.
Believe it or not, we don’t have it as bad at all compared to our grandparents or their parents. Back in the day, hoses kinking and bursting were a regular daily routine. You almost always had to get a new one every month. Luckily today, garden hoses have a strong inner core with a band of reinforcement which will add to the flexibility and strength of the hose. This helps with kinking but doesn’t always stop it.
Hoses kink because they have been rolled and coiled up over and over again which will disrupt the shape of the hose, making it more prone to tightening up and bending which leads to kinks. Below we will explain exactly how to prevent a hose from kinking and how to get kinks out of a hose when it does happen. Enough talk, let’s get to it.
Get Your Hose To Finally Stop Kinking
There are a few ways to help ensure your hose doesn’t kink and there are a few ideas to help avoid the situation completely.
- Keep your hose straight when it’s not in use. Using a tight hose reel will only lead to more kinks. When a hose is constantly coiled up over and over again, it starts to lose its flexibility and shape over time, and will be more prone to seizing up and kinking when in use.
- Keep the hose somewhere safe. When you are not using your hose, you want to stretch it along a path or on the edge of your house where the lawn mower can not run over it or people constantly stepping on it. If you don’t have enough space for this, you should store your hose properly.
- Use a large loop reel. If you don’t want to lay the hose out flat while not using it, we recommend using a system or a reel that wraps the hose in large loops. This will keep the hose from being tightened in an unwanted coil and it will help keep its shape over time. You can even screw two holders into the ground approximately 5 meters apart and wrap your hose around that. A slim and reinforced hose like the Water Right Garden Hose will be your best bet to avoid kinking if you decide to use a reel.
- Do not turn off the water pressure until the hose is wounded up. If you are using a large hose loop reel or a reeling system, you want to keep the water running until the hose is completely wounded up. Because when you start to reel once the water is not running, the hose has already lost all its tightened pressure and will start seize up and kink because there is no sustained pressure within the hose. Therefore, keep the hose running as the water pressure will keep it from kinking.
- Use a rubber hose. Rubber hoses are less likely to kink because they don’t have memory in the material. If you had to choose between a rubber or vinyl hose, we strongly recommend rubber as they are stronger, more durable, and do not tighten up as easily which will help avoid kinking. The Flexzilla Garden Hose is a great rubber garden hose that does not tangle, kink, or split easily.
- Bury your garden hose. Yes, some people do bury their hose into the ground. This would completely resolve the kinking problem as your hose is always tight and straight. However, it defeats the purpose of convenience as you would only be able to use your hose for the few feet it sticks out from under the ground. You would need multiple buried hoses for different watering tasks for this to work.
- Use an expandable garden hose. Expandable hoses are far less likely to kink than rubber or vinyl hoses due to their material and ability to expand when in use. Flat hoses are also a great choice if you want a hose that doesn’t kink at all. These types of hoses have become far more popular over the past few years.
Those are some of the best ways which will prevent your hose from kinking. However, some of you might not have the space or the tools to help with some of these pointers. If that’s the case, we recommend watching this video which will show you exactly how to roll up a hose without it ever kinking.
How To Get Kinks Out Of A Hose?
Sometimes no matter how much money or care you have put into a garden hose, it might just kink one day and you just can’t do anything else to stop it. When the time comes, here is how you can get a kink out of a hose quickly and efficiently without disrupting your gardening.
- To remove a garden hose kink, you need to first find the spot where it’s kinking, unbend it, and straighten it out for water to start flowing smoothly again. What is the best way to do this?
- We recommend using splints. This will reduce the drag on the exact area of pressure. A splint can be placed over the area that has been prone to kinking, once you have placed the splint on, the hose will bend and pressure will be released by the brace.
Video: How To Remove Hose Kinks.
Well there you have it. You should now know all the easy ways on how to stop a garden hose from kinking. These pointers will without a doubt help prevent your hose from kinking but it does not always stop the problem completely. We recommend using the method above to help get kinks out of your hose for good. Resolving the problem of kinking will only lead to better gardening, proper water flow, and safer drinking water for your kids. If you have any questions, please leave us a comment below, and don’t be afraid to share.