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How To Choose A Garden Hose That Will Not Cause Problems

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The watering hose is an important device without which it is very difficult to grow plants in the homestead. Vegetable beds, berries, flower beds, young trees and shrubs can not fully grow and develop without regular watering. The presence of a hose greatly simplifies the life of the dacha owner. However, small troubles and unforeseen difficulties often arise during the use of the hose. On how to make the use of the hose as convenient as possible and choose a model with a minimum of disadvantages, we will talk in this article.

How to choose a garden hose that will not cause problems
How to choose a garden hose that will not cause problems

First, let us analyze the main problems of gardeners that accompany the use of the hose in the garden and vegetable garden.

Problems that can occur with a garden hose and their solutions

Hose kinks and kinks

This trouble is probably the number one problem that almost every gardener has faced.

Often, when choosing a hose, we try to buy a product of maximum length, so that the hose was long enough to water the farthest plants on the plot. And it is often this later also leads to the fact that the hose is twisted and forms kinks.

You will agree that it is very unpleasant to run around the garden and look for exactly where kinked long hose, or immediately run to the tap and put the hose again, because the bends often simply rips it.

Even more difficult for those who water by means of an electric pump. For these gardeners, this problem is not just a source of irritation, but also a serious threat of damage to the device. As you know, if the pump can not fully pump water, it will overheat and "burn" very quickly. In such situations, you must either urgently straighten the hose, or turn off the device from the network.

What about, twists and kinks caused by excessive length of the hose, it can be prevented if you organize on-site distribution of plastic pipes. Such a design will allow you to connect small hoses in different parts of the site. Even the cheapest hoses have fewer kinks in the shortest lengths, and if they occur, they can be found quickly and easily repaired.

In addition, such wiring allows you to easily connect an auto-irrigation system in the desired corner of the garden and vegetable garden. For such outdoor plumbing in the middle of the countryside are better suited HDPE (low-pressure polyethylene pipes), or pipes made of polypropylene. But plastic pipes made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) are more suitable for the southern regions, as they can show instability to low winter temperatures.

Certainly, the material from which the hose, and the thickness of its walls play an important role in the appearance of kinks and twists. At reinforced multi-layer PVC hoses such a problem is virtually absent - the more layers, the less likely kinks.

As for more budget (cheap) single-layer options without reinforcement this trouble occurs, as they say, in abundance.

By the way, the reinforcement is very different, and a fine mesh (4x4 millimeters) poorly protects the hose from bends. The necessary rigidity irrigation hoses braid with a wide mesh, while it is desirable that the design was multilayer.

The most resistant to kinks are considered hoses of rubber, thermoplastic, as well as the above-mentioned multi-layer reinforced hoses of PVC premium class. But prices for such models, as a rule, are not low. Nevertheless, as experienced gardeners say, nerves are more expensive, and the saying "the miser pays twice" continues to work invariably in the matter of choice of garden hose.

When using budget class hoses (under watering conditions from the tap) you can use a small trick - install a connector with aquastop at the output end of the hose. In this case, the hose will always be under pressure, which reduces the likelihood of flattened areas and kinks, because the hose is most vulnerable to deformation when there is no water in it.

How to choose a garden hose that will not cause problems
Excessive length of the hose - the main cause of its kinks and bends

Stable kinks in some parts of the hose

Usually kinks in the hose occur when moving it around the garden while watering, and such small problems can be easily fixed by straightening the hose by hand. But it also happens that the kinks turn into a permanent deformation, and then the only option is to cut the damaged area and connect the remaining parts with each other.

To repair a damaged hose you need two fittings "father" and "mother" (it is important to pick up fittings that fit the cross section of the hose, most often 1 / 2 or 3 / 4 inches), for reliability fittings are fixed in the hose metal clamp. After that, the connectors "mother" and "father" are connected to each other.

Analogous way you can use two connectors for garden hoses, connected by a special double for connectors. Also available for sale are double hose couplings, which not only allow you to quickly connect (and, if necessary, easily disconnect) two pieces of hose to each other. Special models, in addition, will help to combine two hoses of different diameters.

And even easier to use a small metal tube secured with clamps, if you have the appropriate diameter of the tube. With this simple repair, the hose will last a long time.

Weak and strong pressure

If this problem is caused by the pressure in the central water supply, it is not always possible to apply radical methods. However, a small remedy can be found by choosing the right size hose.

The most common garden hose has a diameter of 1/ 2" and most of the different nozzles (guns, connectors, sprayers, etc.) are designed for it. These hoses are lightweight and portable.

At the same time, you can often find a larger diameter hose on sale - 3 / 4 inches. For the same input data, the thinner hose (1⁄2" diameter) will have more pressure than the wider opening. However, this is true up to a total hose length of 15 meters, because as the length increases, the resistance also increases, which affects the velocity of the water jet.

Hoses longer than 15 meters should be chosen with a diameter of 3 / 4 inches. If irrigation will be from a pump pumping water from the well, it is recommended to use a hose with a diameter of 3 / 4 inches, as through a narrower tube, the pump is more difficult to pump water, which may adversely affect the operation of the device.

How to choose a garden hose that will not cause problems
The water pressure level of the garden hose is also affected by its diameter

The holes in the sprinkling accessories

This problem usually occurs when tiny algae settle on the inner walls of the hose. Since algae require light to reproduce, this phenomenon is very common in hoses made of transparent and translucent materials such as silicone or cheap PVC single layer hoses.

Hence it is better to prefer products with opaque walls when buying initially. If such a problem already occurs, you can fill the hose with a special agent to combat algae in swimming pools, and leave with the solution for a while, closing both ends with aquastop connectors.

When the malfunction of sprayers is caused by the presence of a large amount of mechanical suspended solids in the water, which often occurs in the summer cottage water pipes, the problem is solved by installing a special filter for the faucet.

In the more expensive models there is even a built-in self-cleaning mechanism, which greatly facilitates the care of the filter. By type, the most common are mesh and disc filters, for dacha you can choose both the one and the other class, as they approximately equally cope with the task entrusted to them.

Hose breaks plants

To eliminate this problem there are several options, varying in cost and complexity of execution. The simplest "people's" way is to hammer in a few reinforcing bars along the perimeter of a flower bed or beds, which will reliably detain the hose if it accidentally rushes towards valuable plants. Sometimes in garden stores you can find special hose guides, which not only perform their assigned function, but often have a decorative shape and serve as additional decoration of the plot.

How to choose a garden hose that will not cause problems
Excessive length of the hose - the main cause of its kinks and bends

Stable kinks in some parts of the hose

Usually kinks in the hose occur when moving it around the garden while watering, and such small problems can be easily fixed by straightening the hose by hand. But it also happens that the kinks turn into a permanent deformation, and then the only option is to cut the damaged area and connect the remaining parts with each other.

To repair a damaged hose you need two fittings "father" and "mother" (it is important to pick up fittings that fit the cross section of the hose, most often 1 / 2 or 3 / 4 inches), for reliability fittings are fixed in the hose metal clamp. After that, the connectors "mother" and "father" are connected to each other.

Analogous way you can use two connectors for garden hoses, connected by a special double for connectors. Also available for sale are double hose couplings, which not only allow you to quickly connect (and, if necessary, easily disconnect) two pieces of hose to each other. Special models, in addition, will help to combine two hoses of different diameters.

And even easier to use a small metal tube secured with clamps, if you have the appropriate diameter of the tube. With this simple repair, the hose will last a long time.

Weak and strong pressure

If this problem is caused by the pressure in the central water supply, it is not always possible to apply radical methods. However, a small remedy can be found by choosing the right size hose.

The most common garden hose has a diameter of 1/ 2" and most of the different nozzles (guns, connectors, sprayers, etc.) are designed for it. These hoses are lightweight and portable.

At the same time, you can often find a larger diameter hose on sale - 3 / 4 inches. For the same input data, the thinner hose (1⁄2" diameter) will have more pressure than the wider opening. However, this is true up to a total hose length of 15 meters, because as the length increases, the resistance also increases, which affects the velocity of the water jet.

Hoses longer than 15 meters should be chosen with a diameter of 3 / 4 inches. If irrigation will be from a pump pumping water from the well, it is recommended to use a hose with a diameter of 3 / 4 inches, as through a narrower tube, the pump is more difficult to pump water, which may adversely affect the operation of the device.

How to choose a garden hose that will not cause problems
The water pressure level of the garden hose is also affected by its diameter

The holes in the sprinkling accessories

This problem usually occurs when tiny algae settle on the inner walls of the hose. Since algae require light to reproduce, this phenomenon is very common in hoses made of transparent and translucent materials such as silicone or cheap PVC single layer hoses.

Hence it is better to prefer products with opaque walls when buying initially. If such a problem already occurs, you can fill the hose with a special agent to combat algae in swimming pools, and leave with the solution for a while, closing both ends with aquastop connectors.

When the malfunction of sprayers is caused by the presence of a large amount of mechanical suspended solids in the water, which often occurs in the summer cottage water pipes, the problem is solved by installing a special filter for the faucet.

In the more expensive models there is even a built-in self-cleaning mechanism, which greatly facilitates the care of the filter. By type, the most common are mesh and disc filters, for dacha you can choose both the one and the other class, as they approximately equally cope with the task entrusted to them.

Hose breaks plants

To eliminate this problem there are several options, varying in cost and complexity of execution. The simplest "people's" way is to hammer in a few reinforcing bars along the perimeter of a flower bed or beds, which will reliably detain the hose if it accidentally rushes towards valuable plants. Sometimes in garden stores you can find special hose guides, which not only perform their assigned function, but often have a decorative shape and serve as additional decoration of the plot. PVC multi-layer hoses

Multilayer PVC hoses - the most popular among gardeners, they have good characteristics and reliably serve for watering the garden and vegetable garden. PVC multilayer garden hose can have from two to six layers. The greater the number of layers, the longer its service life and resistance to water pressure. Such variants usually also have reinforcement between the layers to prevent creases.

How to choose a garden hose that will not cause problems
Multilayer PVC hose. © kotel-prom

The advantages of PVC multilayer hoses:

  • has an optimal price-quality ratio;
  • low weight (in models with diameter 1 inch);
  • high resistance to kinking and twisting, the ability to restore the shape after compression;
  • made such hoses from environmentally neutral materials;
  • resistance to chemical media (fertilizers, detergents, etc. д.
  • resistant to ultraviolet rays
  • the possibility of use under high pressure.

Disadvantages of PVC hoses:

  • average service life as compared to more durable rubber and TEP hoses;
  • bends and twists still occasionally occur even at multilayer models;
  • hose hardens at low temperatures (not used at temperatures below zero degrees). Rubber hoses

    Rubber hoses also have many advantages, and many gardeners prefer them. However, at the same time, rubber hoses are accompanied by a number of quite weighty disadvantages.

    How to choose a garden hose that will not cause problems
    Reinforced rubber hose. Advantages of rubber hoses
    • Reinforced rubber hoses have the greatest resistance to kinks
    • can be used in cool weather
    • resistant to ultraviolet light
    • wear-resistant and durable (more than 10 years)
    • there are inexpensive versions.

    Disadvantages of rubber hoses:

    • very high weight in comparison with similar products from other materials
    • hard to find in the sale;
    • quality rubber hoses by reliable brands have a high cost;
    • the material can be toxic, such hoses are not recommended for drinking water.

    4. Silicone hoses

    As a rule, silicone hoses are transparent and look like medical droplets.

    How to choose a garden hose that will not cause problems
    Silicone hose for irrigation. © Samostroi

    The advantages of silicone hoses:

    • very light, almost weightless;
    • small diameter modifications have good resistance to kinks;
    • the majority of models can be used for drinking water;
    • the material is environmentally safe;
    • highly resistant to aggressive environments (salts, alkalis, etc. д).

    Disadvantages of silicone hoses:

    • usually have transparent walls, which promotes the growth of algae on the inner walls;
    • models with a wide section constantly form kinks;
    • can not be used under pressure, problems can occur even at medium pressure (3 atmospheres);
    • negatively react to changes in water pressure, so are not recommended when watering from the pump.

    5. Single-layer PVC hoses

    The most budget-friendly option, the advantages of these models end there. Irrigation with such hoses causes many problems to the gardener because of the constant appearance of bends and kinks, preventing the water supply.

    How to choose a garden hose that will not cause problems
    One-layer PVC hose. © pp-rbs

    The advantages of single layer PVC hoses:

    • higher flexibility;
    • light weight;
    • low price;
    • easy to find in sale.

    Disadvantages of single-ply PVC hoses:

    • constant formation of kinks and twists;
    • short life span;
    • medium UV resistance;
    • not adapted to high pressure operation.

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