Our Hose Broke

A few weeks ago, we were watering the garden when the hose slowly lost enough pressure to move water from a faucet on a slightly far away wall to the garden beds. What started as a spray of water soon became a few slow drops, even though no one had turned off the hose.


The faucet has two ends that can each be open or shut. One end had the hose connected to it while the other was used to get water straight from the faucet. To make sure nothing was wrong with the faucet or pipes, we closed off water to the hose, and filled a watering can with the other end of the faucet. At first, the water came out in a powerful mist, but we were able to get it back to a regular flow of water by turning the faucet down a little. We were then able to fill up and carry watering cans over to the garden to water the plants. This was similar to what we did before we had a hose long enough to reach the garden. Back in that first year, we would fill a trash can with water as close to the garden as the hose would reach, and then dunk watering cans in to fill them.


After a few trips to the garden with watering cans and reeling the hose back in, we tried turning the hose back on. We then noticed two streams of water spraying out of two tiny holes in the middle of the hose. These holes must have been stopping the flow of water. It is likely that these holes formed either from the water being turned up so much that it came out of the faucet as a mist, causing too much pressure in the hose, or from the hose simply wearing out after years of use.


The good news is that when we got a new hose, we installed it in a way that would bring it closer to the garden. We made the new hose run along the wall towards the garden, keeping it in place with U-shaped metal pins. A box was then placed against the wall close to the garden where the remaining length of hose would be stored. A handle on the side of the box, similar to one on a jack-in-a-box, can turn the hose in and out. While we still need to walk over to the faucet to turn it off and on, where we store the hose is now much closer to the garden.

One way to prevent too much pressure from building in the hose is to make sure you let the water out as you wind it up (if your hose has a nozzle on the end that lets you control whether the water comes out or not like our hose does). Start by turning off the faucet, but allowing the water to still come out of the hose. Then, shut off the water and wind the hose up a little. Keep one hand around the hose, and when you feel the hose fill with water again to the point you cannot squeeze it, stop winding, and let the water out. Shut off the water and continue this process until the hose is fully put away. Winding the hose up when it still contains water is like squeezing a toothpaste tube. The coiled up part of the hose flattens, sending all the water to the uncoiled part of the hose, causing it to bulge. Without an opening, the water pressure will poke its own hole.


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