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An expandable garden hose works by using a combination of materials and design features that allow it to stretch and contract as water flows through it.

How do expandable hoses work

Typically, an expandable garden hose is made from a flexible inner tube, usually made of latex or another similar material, which is surrounded by a durable outer layer made of polyester or nylon. When the hose is empty, it appears to be a small, compact coil, but when water is turned on and flows through the hose, the inner tube expands, causing the hose to stretch and increase in length.

The outer layer of the hose is designed to prevent the inner tube from rupturing or bursting as it expands. It is also designed to protect the inner tube from abrasion and punctures, ensuring that the hose can withstand the rigors of outdoor use.

When the water is turned off, the expandable garden hose will slowly contract back to its original size, allowing it to be stored compactly and easily. This makes it an excellent choice for those who have limited storage space or who prefer a lightweight and easy-to-manage garden hose.