Replacing a garden hose comes down to more than just aesthetics. If you’ve had the same garden hose for 10 years, and it’s been sitting outside in the sun for most of that time, it’s probably time to consider a new outdoor garden hose.
Over time, garden hoses can start to break, leak, or corrode. When this happens, the hose will waste water, and the corroded elements can even be harmful to plants, animals, or even children drinking from the hose. Even worse, hoses that have been left undrained for extended periods of time can develop harmful levels of bacteria.
There are a number of benefits that come with a new garden hose. For many, the most notable benefit is the fact that there won’t be any corrosion inside the hose, particularly on the fittings on each end of the hose.
You’ll also have water that is cleaner and safer for anything living (plants and people alike) that receive water from the hose.
If you’ve decided that it’s time to buy a new hose, be sure to follow these simple steps to ensure the longevity of the hose:
1.Keep the water out of sunlight when not in use.
2.Drain the hose when not in use. This is particularly important in very hot and very cold conditions.
3.Use a garden hose nozzle, so that dirt and bacteria can’t get into the hose as easily.