As every gardener knows that soaker hoses are the perfect tool for gardening. They give off just the right amount of water to keep plants of all shapes and sizes happy and healthy. If you use soaker hoses, chances are that you’ve worked your way through a few of them within your gardening career.
This isn’t your fault, though – we understand how tiresome it can be to drag soaker hoses around all the time, which is why you, like many gardeners, probably leave your soaker hose out where it gets stepped on and damaged by the sun.
But don’t worry! There is a way to repair your soaker hose when it falls victim to minor damage. Here are the steps.
1. Disconnect the hose
Before You do anything, be sure to disconnect your hose from any faucet or water supply that it might be connected to. Pull the hose end of the item across your shoulder and walk the hose to get rid of the excess water stored inside it.
2. Gather supplies
To do your repair, you need a few basic tools. Gather a pair of scissors, a screw driver, and a soaker hose repair kit. Most of the time, soaker repair kits are inexpensive, coming in at around $2 at hardware stores.
Before purchasing your kit, make sure that you know the inside diameter of your hose. If you aren’t sure, any local hardware store should be able to help you figure it out. This measurement is critical.
3. Find the hole
Next, figure out where the hole is in your hose. Instead of patching the hole, you’re going to cut on either side of the hole in order to cut the section wit the damage off completely. Try to cut as straight as possible; this will make it easier to fit the repair section of hose.
4. Attach repair kit
Now you’ll use the repair kit that you bought. First, loosen each of the screws on your repair kit and fit both collar ends onto either side of the hose. Next, insert the middle tube into the hose where you previously made your cut. Side the hose together and pull the collars together, giving it a hard tug to tighten the parts.
That’s it! The next step is just testing.
Start by connecting your newly repaired hose to the faucet and turn it on. If the water pressure is smooth and there are no leaks coming from the area of the repair, you know that your repair has been successful.
So, next time your hose springs a leak, see if you can fix it first. Even if a repair kit is more than the estimate above, it will still likely be a whole ton cheaper than buying an entire new hose.
If you’re sure to follow our directions and take your time, your repair job will be as good as one a professional would perform.