Repairing a Leaky Water Hose

May 6, 2009

Photo of a leaky water hose.Tips on repairing a leaky garden hose.

Silicone Caulk and Tape

Get hose completely dry. If hole is tiny, fill it with rubber cement, If large, use silicone caulk. When the cement has dried, wrap the area starting about an inch from the hole with black plastic tape.

By Henry Domanski

Use Copper Tubing and Clamps

If the hose is large enough inside, (like 5/8") cut it through the leak, place a piece of copper tubing inside and use hose clamps on each end of the cut. I've had one fixed like that for over 20 years. It is a good rubber hose.

By shirley dobie

Hose Menders

You can get all size hose menders at any stores that carry gardening supplies; Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, etc. You just need to know whether you have 1/4",1/2".5/8",3/4" hose. They are very cheap.

All you have to do is cut the bad part out, insert the right size hose connector and tighten. I usually put a little vegetable oil around the insert to make it slide in easier. I also keep a plastic shoe box full of all size connectors, male and female ends for the end of the hoses, plumber's tape to snug up threads, rubber O rings, Y connectors with shut offs, if you want to run more than one hose. They also carry connectors so you can attach additional hoses to make them longer.


Buy Water timers when they are on sale. Some have batteries so they automatically go on and off when you want. With the other type, you just turn timer as to how long you want to water and they go off automatically. The battery ones are great, especially when you go on vacations as the ground still get watered.

By Dee

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November 12, 2008

Create a temporary seal for a water hose or small air hose leak, with the labels from some of the plastic drink bottles. The label will come off, if you crush the bottle into itself.


Then slip the label sleeve over the leaking water hose, or air hose and apply heat using a hair dryer.

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July 6, 2004

Do you have a drip hose that sprays rather than drips? Rather than get rid of the hose, you can re-direct the water back down into the ground where it belongs. Simply take an empty soda or water bottle (clear plastic) and carefully cut off the neck and the bottom.

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June 11, 2013

My hose leaks were it attaches to the sprayer. I have tried new washers and different hoses. I have 2 different sprayers and they both leak. Do hose washers come in different sizes? Could I wrap the male part with plumbers Teflon tape? I appreciate all answers Thank you.

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June 13, 20130 found this helpful

I did use the plumbers tape and it worked great! No leak.

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