Garden hoses are a mainstay in any household. However, when water is not coming out of your garden hose, it can be quite frustrating. What could be the problem, and how will you fix it? In this post, we lay out our research to help you with just that!
Since there are a few mechanisms involved with how your garden hose produces water, a number of causes could be preventing water from coming out. Here are some reasons why water isn't coming out of your garden hose:
- No water supply
- Little to no water pressure
- Closed water valve
- Clogged garden hose
- Damaged garden hose
To fix your garden hose, you need to identify the source of the problem first. From there, address the issue on hand: you will either have to check your water supply, fix your hose, or replace a faultly part.
Now that you have some insight into why your garden isn't producing water, we will go over how you can identify signs of trouble. We will also share some tips on repairing your garden hose. Read on to learn more!
Why Isn't Water Coming Out Of My Garden Hose?
The two general culprits when your garden hose produces no water are water source issues and the hose itself.
The former involves anything from your faucet and plumbing to your water supply lines. The latter is entirely focused on the state of your garden hose.
Water Supply Issues
Outdoor garden hoses are usually attached to a faucet where it siphons the water. If you turn on the tap and no water comes out, there could be an issue with your water supply.
This could be anything from an isolated problem with your home to no water supply for the whole street.
If you suspect that a water supply issue is the problem, you can check your indoor water supply. Whether it is working or not will narrow down the source of your problem.
Check with your neighbors and ask if their water supply is working fine. You can ask about both their indoor and outdoor water supplies.
Sometimes, the problem is not the water supply per se but how much pressure it has. Little to no water pressure is a common issue with water supplies that can lead to water not flowing out of your garden hose.
Another cause is a closed valve, or perhaps a faucet that is not correctly turned on.
How To Get The Water Supply Working
When water is not coming out of your garden hose due to a water supply problem, you can take several steps to address it. You can either seek help from a plumber or alert your local authorities on the issue.
You can even check your water pipes yourself. Inspect your system for any leaks and make the appropriate repairs.
How To Fix A Water Pipe
If a damaged water pipe is causing the water not to run from your hose, you will need to fix it. Leaky pipes can be tightened. On the other hand, cracks or holes in a pipe should be repaired.
Here are the steps to fixing a broken water pipe:
- Cut off the water supply if it is still running
- Clear away anything blocking access to the damaged pipe
- Cut the damaged pipe to remove it
- Prepare a replacement pipe in the same size
- Install the new pipe to replace the old damaged one
You can attempt to temporarily fix the damaged pipe. In this case, use a heavy-duty adhesive such as Flex Tape or Gorilla Tape. Bear in mind that this is a short-term solution that will only last until you can repair the pipe.
If you are not able to repair the damage on your own, your best bet is to call up a professional. Hiring a professional will cost you anywhere between $50 to $250. Rates can vary per state and contractor, so do your research before hiring someone.
How To Turn On Your Outside Water Valve
A seemingly small thing that people tend to forget is to turn on the water valve. If you suspect that your water valve is off, turning it on may restore the water flow to your garden hose.
First, locate the water valve that supplies water to the hose. It may be hidden on your property under a cover or located next to the water meter. If you can't find the valve, contact your water company for assistance.
Once you locate the valve, simply turn it on. Depending on what type of valve it is, you can either do it with your bare hands or use tools. Some valves are attached to a security bolt.
Garden Hose Issues
Let's say your water supply itself is doing just fine. In this case, you may have to take a look at your garden hose to see if it is causing the problem.
Garden hoses can clog. This can happen through either sediment build-up over time, a piece of debris stuck inside, or even a small animal that has gotten trapped.
Consider that your hose may also be damaged. Pinches in the hose pipe block water from flowing out.
Inspect the length of the hose. Do you notice any leaks or holes? In this case, you can try to fix or repair your hose. We will go over this in more detail in the next few sections.
How To Unclog A Garden Hose
Unclogging a garden hose can be a little bit of a challenge depending on how packed in the blockage is. Generally, you can try to push any obstructions out using high-pressure water, scrubbing the nozzle, or running warm soapy water down the pipe.
You can also try soaking the inside of the hose with bleach.
Hose nozzles are easier to clean compared to hose pipes. You can detach nozzles to clean or soak them, and even scrub them. Hose pipes are longer and you risk melting the pipe material itself, so take caution when trying to unclog any blockages.
How To Fix A Damaged Water Hose
The best way to fix a damaged hose is through the use of male and female hose connectors. Instead of scrapping the entire hose, you can just cut out the affected part if it is small enough.
After cutting out the damaged portion of the hose, install the connectors on either side of the remaining hose parts. If you want, you can add a new hose in between to replace the damaged one. Twist the connectors together tightly, and your hose should be repaired.
How To Properly Store Your Garden Hose
As the saying goes, prevention is better than the cure. If you had to fix your hose to get the water running again, you will want to store it properly after every use. Doing so prevents any new issues from cropping up.
The best way to store your hose is to roll it up. When doing so, make sure you do not bend, fold, pinch, or strain any part of the hose.
If you pinch or alter the hose and keep it folded up, then it will wear down the material, and it could retain that shape. When this happens, water will have trouble flowing out of the hose.
With that said, a properly rolled-up hose should look something like the one in the picture below.
Once your hose is nice and compact, store it somewhere safe. Ideally, you should store it in a place where debris or pests cannot make their way into it. You can use a designated container with a lid or a hose reel for this purpose.
Wrapping Things Up
Water will not come out of your garden hose for different reasons. It will happen if something is wrong with the water supply, or if your water pipes or hose are damaged or clogged.
You can fix your garden hose by targeting each problem specifically. If you need extra help, do not hesitate to have a professional check out the problem for you.
Finally, store your hose properly! Maintenance is a vital part of ensuring you do not encounter any more problems in the future.
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