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Frequently Asked Questions
What is PVC Garden Hose?
PVC garden hose is a type of hose made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) material that is designed to be used for watering plants and other outdoor tasks. PVC garden hoses are typically lightweight, flexible, and durable, making them ideal for use in a variety of settings.
Important Considerations When Buying a Garden Hose
1. Length – Longer is Not Better
Garden hoses come in 25-, 50-, 75- and 100-foot lengths. It’s tempting to buy one longer hose and use it for all of your watering needs around the garden. But don’t do it. Not only do longer hoses cost more, but they’re heavier to move around, need more storage space, can be difficult to drain before putting them away for the winter, and can result in lower water pressure coming out the end.
2. Hose Diameter – Width = Water Flow
The most common garden hose diameters are ¾ inch, five-eighths inch and half inch. These measurements are based on the inside diameter of the hose, not the outside. The bigger the diameter, the more water the hose will carry.
3. Flexibility – Try the Kink Test
You want a garden hose that’s flexible (for easy storage, going around corners, etc.) but not so flexible that it kinks easily. Kinking leads to splitting and shortens the life of your hose.
How Do You Store PVC Garden Hoses?
To store a PVC garden hose properly, you should follow these steps:
1. Turn off the water supply and allow the hose to drain completely.
2. Disconnect the hose from the faucet or nozzle.
3. Remove any attachments or accessories from the hose, such as sprinklers or spray nozzles.
4. Coil the hose loosely in a figure-eight pattern, starting at one end and working your way to the other end.
5. Secure the hose with a hose reel, hanger, or other storage device, or simply place it in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.
6. Avoid leaving the hose exposed to extreme temperatures or sunlight, as this can damage the material.
Can PVC Garden Hoses Be Used for Drinking Water?
No, PVC garden hoses should not be used for drinking water. PVC material can contain harmful chemicals that can leach into the water and make it unsafe to drink. If you need a hose for drinking water, look for a hose specifically designed for that purpose.
Can PVC Garden Hoses Be Used with a Pressure Washer?
Yes, PVC garden hoses can be used with a pressure washer, but it is important to check the manufacturer’s recommendations before doing so. Some PVC hoses may not be able to handle the high pressure generated by a pressure washer and could burst or leak.
If you plan to use a PVC garden hose with a pressure washer, make sure to choose a hose that is specifically designed for use with pressure washers. Look for hoses that are labeled as “pressure washer hoses” or “high-pressure hoses.” These hoses are typically reinforced with additional layers of material to withstand the high pressure generated by the pressure washer.
Additionally, it’s important to ensure that the hose you choose can handle the level of water pressure that your pressure washer is capable of producing. Check the maximum pressure rating of both the hose and the pressure washer, and make sure they are compatible before use.