I have a commercial quality 1" rubber garden hose. Faucet is
sheltered in the basement.
We are due for some cold weather (12F).
I've never given this much thought. Do I need to drain the hose or not?
You don't need to drain the hose but it would be prudent to disconnect
it from the faucet.
Even high end rubber hoses do deteriorate over time. If you are
finished using it for the season and can store it out of the weather I
Yes, drain the hose or else you risk having the connections on either
end being bent or cracked. Plus if you want to use the hose in the
winter it won't be plugged up with ice. I often use my hose in the
winter on the pressure washer to remove the brown frozen salt slush off
the car or truck. I keep the pressure washer in the basement. Quick
disconnects are nice too.
I'm trying to think but nothing happens............
No - If it is a decent quaity, it will expand with the ice formation.
Now the connectors on the ends are a different story. Plastic
fittings and plastic garden sprinklers, etc, cannot take the expansion
and will almost surely crack.
On Thu, 9 Dec 2010 13:51:25 -0800 (PST), "hr(bob) email@example.com"
We lost a couple otherwise good plastic nozzles even after draining
all pressure from the hose. Probably the little water they retain is
enough to break them when it freezes.
Never left a hose over winter full of water.
Now I take off the nozzles and bring them inside.
Turn off inside water stops, open outside faucets, roll out hoses to
drain most water and roll back up.
About 5 minutes.
Same hoses - medium quality - for about 8 years.
If you have a house fire, you will be pretty frustrated trying to get
water out of a hose filled with ice.
Don't worry, the fire department will be along at some point. The fire
may be a lot bigger by then, but they should be able to save nearby
On 12/10/2010 10:51 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
What the hell does that mean? How many house fires have you put out with
a garden house?
If it is a small fire, and most fires start in the kitchen, then I
have a fire extinguisher. In fact more than one. Counting on a garden
hose to put that out is absurd, let alone one you would have to unwind
and hookup. It looks like you are angling for insults.
GFY, I won't be responding top any more nonsense from you.
Yes. I see no reason *not* to slap someone around from time to time.
This is usenet, after all! There are a few posters in every group that
contribute nothing useful, just this kind of nonsense. Gives them a
taste too. Note the silly nymn shifting response he made. Silly Troll.
Come up with something useful, now and then, and some sarcasm is fine.
It's always best to darin a hose when it's going to be stored for long
periods of time. That way whatever minerals, acids, whatever in the water
won't get a long term chance to work on the rubber. Especially true for
real rubber hoses. They'll last forever. Also be sure they're rolled
neatly - no kinks to force separation of rubber/plies, whatever.
It's so quick & easy I do it when I bring the hoses in for the winter,
before freezing temps arrive.
If it can get below freezing, definitely drain them.
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