Garden hoses are quite annoying at times. You always have to worry about them kinking and tangling, but leaking is the worst. If you use a garden hose, soon enough you will be asking yourself, why does my garden hose leak?
There are many different answers to this question and it all depends on certain factors. It could just be because your faucet is loose and all you need to do is a nice tight turn. Odds are you have tried that already and well if you’re still here then that’s not your problem. With that being said, your leak could be more serious than you think and will only get worse if not taken care of properly.
Leaks can come from all different parts of your garden hose, whether it’s from the couplings, the faucet, or even the hose itself. Below we will show you exactly how to stop a garden hose leak and how to prevent your hose from leaking in the future.
How To Stop Your Garden Hose From Leaking
Before you can fix the leak, you first need to find out where the leak is coming from and then go from there. Fixing a leaky hose will require different steps depending on where the leak is.
Where is the Hose Leaking From?
If your hose is leaking around the connection to the water tap, there could be an issue with the water spigot connection itself or the faucet. How can you tell if it’s not the faucet? To determine if there is a problem with the faucet, unscrew your hose and turn the water on. If there is no water leaking from the handle then you are good there. Turn the water back off, wait a few seconds, and then if there is no water leaking from the spout, then you are good there as well. Then, you can officially count out the faucet.
After this, screw your hose back on and turn the water on. The leak will continue to drip but now we know it’s a tightening issue and not a problem with the faucet. Your washer may be worn out or the packing nut needs to be tightened. This is actually a best case scenario, as your hose itself has no physical leaking problems.
You will most likely have to replace the washer with a new one and then tighten the hose back on to the spigot and your problem should be solved.
Watch this short video that shows you exactly how to fix this problem.
How to Fix a Leak From the Faucet?
If your hose is leaking from the tap without the hose connected, then obviously you have a leaky faucet. Your faucet will either leak from the handle or the spout which becomes quite annoying if you don’t fix it. But fixing a leaky faucet is actually quite simple.
First, tighten the packing nut with a wrench and if that fails to solve the problem then you are going to have to take the faucet apart.
- Turn the water supply off and then drain the excess water from the faucet
- Remove the handle with a screwdriver
- Loosen the packing nut and slide out the valve assembly
- Replace the washer behind the packing nut with a new one and then re-tighten
- Replace the washer at the base of the valve stem with a new one and then re-tighten
- Slide the valve stem assembly back into the faucet and screw it back into place and then tighten it
- Screw the handle back on and turn your hose water supply on
- Your leak should be fixed
Video: Watch this short video that show you exactly how to fix a leaky faucet using those steps.
How to Fix a Leak From the Hose End?
Aside from having a hole in your hose, a leak from the hose end is not the best leak you could ask for. How do you determine if the leak is actually coming from the hose end and it’s not a connection problem.
Well, just like the above connection video, you want to replace your washer on whatever end the leak is coming from, whether it’s the male or female end. If the leak is occurring after you have replaced the washer, then you know you have a leak coming from the hose end.
Unfortunately, you are going to have to dig into your tool kit and do some work. The good news is that this will save you a ton of money instead of buying a new hose. With that being said, you are going to have to cut off the hose end and replace it.
Watch this short video that will show you how to replace your hose end which will fix the leak.
How to Fix a Leak From the Hose?
Last but not least, you might have a leak coming from the hose itself. This is actually a relatively easy fix so no need to panic. However, if you have multiple holes and cracks throughout your hose then that is a different story.
At that point, you might as well just buy a brand new hose which will actually be cheaper than spending the money to fix it. Not to mention, it will save you from doing a ton of work. Kinking problems will also lead to hose leaks so you should always take care of your kinks right away so no further damage can be done.
To fix a leaky hose, you will need to buy some hose menders which come extremely cheap and then cut your hose apart so that you can piece it together.
Watch this brief video that will show you exactly how to fix a leak from the hose.
Well, there you have it. You should now be able to stop your garden hose from leaking. Remember to first identify where the leak is coming from and then fix your leak accordingly. We understand that these leaks might come across as difficult to fix but if you follow the step by step procedure it should be fairly easy. The best way to avoid leaks is to buy a durable, leak-free garden hose. With a strong hose you won’t have to worry about constantly checking for leaks.
With that being said, if you have any questions, please leave us a comment below. Also, don’t forget to share as there are many people out there that may have the same problem as you.