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Can Leaving your Garden Hose on Cost You?

Can Leaving your Garden Hose on Cost You?

While leaving your garden hose on in the summer, is less of a risk than during the winter, there are still some things to keep in mind if you decide not to close the faucet after each use.

In the summer, it’s common for many Western New York homeowners to use a garden hose to keep their plants, yard, and sometimes even family members cool and wet. Almost every homeowner has at least one of these water transporting devices. Whether you are using yours to grow tomatoes, make sure you have the greenest yard on the block, entertain children as a sprinkler, or for some other purpose, these are popular fixtures around homes this time of the year. Maybe you intentionally don’t turn yours off after every use or have just simply forgotten about it. That makes us wonder, can leaving your garden hose on cost you?

How much water goes through a garden hose per minute?

Garden hoses are designed to deliver water to areas around your home where you may not have direct plumbing. They help you provide hydration to things in areas that may be hard to reach or far away from a plumbing source.

The amount of water that goes through a garden hose per minute, depends on the hose and your home’s water pressure; however, a standard hose releases about 17 gallons of water per minute. To determine the exact flow rate for your garden hose, you need to take into account the diameter of the hose, the level of water pressure, and also the length of the hose.

Can leaving your garden hose on cost you?

While leaving your garden hose on in the summer, is less of a risk than during the winter, there are still some things to keep in mind if you decide not to close the faucet after each use.

Valve Damage Could Occur: If the water valve to your hose is left open, there is a lot of pressure that is building up and just staying there waiting to be released through your hose again. This pressure can cause your valves and faucets to break or spring a leak. This will cost you in terms of repairs, your water bill, and could lead to damage from leaking moisture.

Flooding Risk: The pressure mentioned above can also lead to your hose actually cracking and releasing water. This unintended water release can flood your yard, driveway, garden, neighbors’ yard, basement, or more. Since we know that a standard hose releases about 17 gallons of water per minute, think about how much water can be released in just one night! That’s a lot of water.

Hose Damage:  As we referenced above, the water pressure build up can put a lot of stress on the garden hose that is trying to hold the water in. This will ultimately lead to your hose lasting for a much shorter period of time and unexpected leaks may occur. Your hose could also burst unexpectedly.

Burst Plumbing: In the warmer months of the year, there may still be days and nights where the temperature drops below freezing, and that puts you at risk for the water in the hose to freeze and the ice to back up into the pipe inside your home, leading to a potential burst. As we have reviewed before, taking care of your garden hose and the outdoor valves and faucets are essential when it comes to preparing your plumbing for colder weather.  

In all of the scenarios above, while leaving your garden hose on may not directly cost you each and every time, overtime, if the stress and pressure causes an issue, the impact could be not only major in terms of damage, but also for your wallet. Ultimately, you should turn your hose off at the valve/faucet, each and every time to avoid any unexpected and unwanted issues.

If you find yourself with a Western New York plumbing issue due to a garden hose being left on or something else, Duffett Plumbing, Heating & AC can help. When your home has a plumbing emergency, it can’t wait. We get that. It’s why our expert plumbers are available Day or Night.

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