When you try to use your garden hose for the first time in the spring or summer you may discover that the winter freeze has damaged it.
You may have also accidently run over your garden hose with a lawn mower causing it to leak.
Regardless of what caused the leak, you don’t have to throw it away, it can be salvaged.
Today we’re going to show you how to repair a garden hose leak with a few cheap parts that you can pick up from one of the big box stores like Home Depot, Lowes or even online at Amazon.
Table of Contents
- Leaky or damaged garden hose
- Garden hose repair kit (brass)
- Utility knife or something that can easily cut through a garden hose.
Locate The Problem Area
The first thing you need to do is to locate the area of the garden hose that has gone bad.
Is it a sprayer leak, is it located somewhere along the actual hose or is the leak occurring at the end of the hose?
Once you know where the leak has occurred you can now begin repairing the hose.
Repair #1 – How to Fix a Garden Hose Sprayer Leak
Sometimes no matter how hard you tighten your sprayer it still drips at the point where the sprayer and hose come together.
This can also happen when you have two hoses hooked up together.
If this is the case it’s usually caused by a worn out gasket.
There are two different kinds of gaskets, a flat and an O-ring style. The O-ring is a little harder to snap into place but it seals a lot better.
It’s a good idea to replace these gaskets every year because when they sit over the winter they become brittle and worn out.
See picture of the worn out gasket below.
These are the replacement gaskets. The flat gasket is red and the O-ring is black.
Simply remove the old and worn out gasket and replace it with a new one.
You may need a screwdriver or any type of tool that has a sharp end on it to pop out the old gasket.
Replace your sprayer and turn the water back on to check for any leaks.
Repair #2 – Fixing a Leak in a Garden Hose
If you’ve got a tear or a cut somewhere along the length of your hose like the one in the video below this also is an easy fix with a garden hose repair kit.
The kit includes two metal clamps and a brass fitting that will reconnect the two pieces of the garden hose together.
Cut the hose on each side of the damaged area with your utility knife. Make sure as you cut that you go straight across the hose.
Place the metal clamps on each side of the garden hose.
Insert the brass fitting into each side of the hose and tighten with a screwdriver.
Turn the water on and test to make sure there are no leaks.
If you’re connecting two hoses together the procedure is the same.
The only difference is that when you’re done you’ll connect the female and male parts of each garden hose together.
Repair #3 – Replacing the End of a Garden Hose
If you can’t use the end of your garden hose because it’s damaged you’ll need to replace it.
Remove the old end piece of the hose so that you can attach a new one.
Cut off the end of the damaged garden hose with your utility knife.
Replace it with a new brass fitting and hose clamp.
This is what the inside of the new brass fitting will look like.
Place the hose clamp on the garden hose first before inserting the brass fitting.
Insert the new brass fitting.
Tighten the clamp with your screwdriver to secure the brass fitting in place.
Turn the water on and test for any leaks.
Repairing a leaky garden hose is simple, cheap and effective.
Flexible Garden Hose End
If you’re looking to eliminate kinks in your hose consider installing a flexible hose end.
Getting kinks at the faucet is not only annoying but it inhibits the water from flowing freely through the garden hose.
A flexible garden hose end provides an easy way to prevent hose kinks.
It’s made of a very durable but pliant plastic that attaches between the end of your garden hose and the spigot.
You’ll be able to freely water your lawn or garden without having to stop, go to your faucet and unkink the hose.
Water Resistant Emergency Repair Tape
To do this garden hose repair take a small amount of Emergency Repair Tape, Self-Fusing Silicone Tape and cut it off.
Peel off the back end. It works great even when it’s wet. It sticks to itself and doesn’t leave a sticky residue.
Place it over the hole in your garden hose. Wrap it around tight, pulling and stretching it as you go.
ER tape is self-adhering and self-fusing and it will cure in 24 hours at room temperature.
It can withstand pressure up to 700 psi and a temperatures ranging between -85 degrees Fahrenheit to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.