How to Winterize and Store Garden Hoses
With old man winter knocking on the door, time to reel in that garden hose. Here are a few tips to help you avoid buying a new hose every spring.
An hour or less
Less than $20
IntroductionWith old man winter knocking on the door, time to reel in that garden hose. Here are a few tips to help you avoid buying a new hose every spring.
- Garden hose hanger
Project step-by-step (4)
Shut off Water
- Close the shutoff valves to all your outside faucets.
Disconnect the Hose
- Squeeze the spray nozzle to release the water pressure. Remove the nozzle and store it where you’ll find it next spring.
- Disconnect the hose from the faucet. You may need pliers for this. Always separate multiple hoses.
- If the hose is frozen, connect the two ends and bring it inside to thaw and drain it later.
Drain & Coil
- Let one end of the hose lay on the ground or the floor near a drain. Elevate the hose as you work your way to the other end, coiling it into two-foot circles, letting the water drain completely.
Store the Hose
- Store the hose so it keeps its natural shape in your garage, shed or basement. Inside is better than outside. Purchase a hose hanger for $5 to $8 at your local hardware or building supply store.
Originally Published: October 29, 2020