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Exton Homeowners: Prevent Water Damage by Draining and Storing Your Garden Hose

ServiceMaster Professional Cleaning and Restoration provides water damage restoration solutions in Exton, PA and nearby areas.

It may only be November, but it won’t be long before winter is here to stay. If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to make sure your garden hoses and other landscaping equipment are cleaned up and stored safely for the winter. While preparing the hose for storage, all the kinks and water should be removed to prevent holes from developing. Never leave the hose connected to the spigot during the winter. Doing so can create problems with water pressure and damage the water pipes in your home. With the following suggestions, you can avoid a lot of unexpected and costly trouble. If trouble occurs, ServiceMaster Professional Cleaning and Restoration provides water damage restoration to Exton, PA homeowners facing the effects of frozen garden hoses.

Some homeowners replace their garden hoses every one or two years. Your hose can last for several years if it is properly stored. Kinks cause damage to the inner lining of the hose. Any water that remains in the hose can freeze if the hose isn’t stored in a warm location, leading to additional damage like leaks and holes. Follow these steps to drain and store your garden hose and prevent water damage:

  • Check the exterior spigot to ensure that it is turned off.
  • Remove any kinks in the hose to prevent damage to the inner lining of the hose.
  • Remove all attachments such as sprinklers and spray nozzles.
  • Disconnect the hose from the spigot, keeping the end elevated so the water can drain.
  • Elevate one section of hose at a time as you walk from one end to the other.

Draining your garden hose is only half the battle against water damage. It also needs to be stored properly over the winter in a warm location. If your garage or garden shed tend to see freezing temperatures in the winter, then the garden hose should be stored in your basement instead. Before you bring it inside, wind the hose into a coil that is three feet in diameter. This will prevent new kinks from developing. Consider tying rope around the coil to prevent it from unwinding. The best storage method is to hang the garden hose on a wall-mounted reel so that it’s kept out of the way. You can also set the coiled hose on the ground or in a large bucket if you prefer.

If a forgotten frozen garden hose causes unexpected water damage problems in your Exton, PA home, turn to ServiceMaster Professional Cleaning and Restoration for immediate water damage restoration services. With our 24/7/365 emergency response, our expert team arrives to your home quickly to resolve any water damage problems you may be experiencing.