Coil the hose properly after each use to prevent kinks and tangles. Store it away from direct sunlight to avoid UV damage.
Always drain the water from the hose after each use to prevent freezing in colder climates and to avoid water stagnation that could lead to mold or bacterial growth.
Prevent kinks by using hose reels or guides when winding it up. Kinks weaken the hose and can lead to cracks or splits.
Regularly inspect the hose for leaks, cracks, or holes. Replace washers and repair leaks promptly to prevent water wastage.
Rinse off dirt, debris, and any chemical residues from the hose. Use a mild soap solution and a soft brush to clean the exterior. Avoid harsh chemicals that might damage the hose material.
Try to avoid dragging the hose across rough surfaces, as this can cause abrasions and damage the outer layer of the hose.
In colder climates, drain the hose completely and store it indoors during winter to prevent freezing and potential damage.
Install hose guards or protective fittings at the connection points to prevent kinking and excessive wear, especially at the faucet and nozzle ends.
Periodically replace worn-out washers and fittings to maintain a tight seal and prevent leaks.