How to Fix a Soaker Hose

Overview

Soaker hoses provide an easy, efficient way to water your plants. From roses to fruit trees to vegetables, soaker hoses deliver a slow, steady drip of water exactly where plants need it: at their root zones. When you lay a soaker hose in your garden and snake it among your plants, all you need to do is turn on the faucet and let it run for 30 minutes or longer. But in time the tiny holes in soaker hoses can become torn or enlarged, sending a fountain of water over your yard. When this happens, they're easy to fix.

Fixing a Soaker Hose

Step 1

Turn on the faucet that controls your soaker hose to determine where the leak is located. Watch for a spray of water or flooding that occurs along the hose and then narrow down the location by examining the hose. Mark the spot with masking tape or by tying a string around the area.

Step 2

Cut the soaker hose with your garden clippers on either side of the damaged area. To make certain you remove the entire leak, cut 2 to 3 inches on either side of the mark you made. Discard the piece of hose you cut out.

Step 3

Boil about 2 cups of water. While it is boiling, prepare your hose mender by removing the screws on both connector pieces to release the barbed insertion pipe packaged inside of the two connector pieces.

Step 4

Dip both ends of your cut soaker hose into the boiling water for one to two minutes to soften it and make it easier to insert the barbed insertion pipe. Insert one end of the barbed insertion pipe into one side of your cut soaker hose. Then insert the other end into the other side of your hose. You might need to force the barbed insertion pipe a bit by tapping it gently with a hammer.

Step 5

Place both sides of one of the connector pieces on either side of your hose, positioning them along the cut edge of the hose so they are flush with the barbed insertion pipe. Insert the screws you removed and then tighten them securely. Install the second connector piece on the other cut edge of the hose.

Step 6

Turn the water on to test your repaired hose. If it continues to fountain or leak too much water, repeat the operation after cutting off more of the broken area of your soaker hose.

Tips and Warnings

  • After the third or fourth time a soaker hose develops a leak, it's time to discard it and buy a new one.

Things You'll Need

  • Masking tape
  • String
  • Hose mender pieces
  • Garden clippers
  • Small pan
  • Boiling water
  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer (optional)

References

  • Veggie Gardener: How to Repair a Hole In a Soaker Hose

Who Can Help

  • Lawn and Garden Hardware Store: Hose Mender
Keywords: water wise gardening, soaker hoses, mending repairing

About this Author

Barbara Fahs lives on Hawaii island, where she has created Hi'iaka's Healing Herb Garden. Fahs wrote "Super Simple Guide to Creating Hawaiian Gardens," and has been a professional writer since 1984. She contributes to Big Island Weekly, Ke Ola magazine, GardenGuides and eHow. She earned her B.A. at UCSB and her M.A. from San Jose State University.