How to Disconnect a Garden Hose


When freezing weather looms, you need to disconnect your garden hose, drain all the water from it and properly store it to prevent water from freezing inside the hose. When water freezes, it expands. This means if your garden hose is left connected, the expanding water will most likely rupture the hose. Garden hoses are typically connected to your outside spigot with a female swivel connector. They are usually tightened hand-tight with an internal washer making the water-tight seal.

Step 1

Turn off the valve on the spigot by grasping it with your hand and turning it clockwise until it is hand-tight.

Step 2

Release the pressure in the hose by pressing the trigger on the hose-end sprayer.

Step 3

Grasp the female swivel connector that connects your garden hose to your spigot. Turn it counterclockwise to loosen it. Keep turning until it comes free from the spigot.

Step 4

Roll up your garden hose and store it in a freeze-free area if below freezing temperatures are expected. If freezing temperatures are not expected, it can be stored anywhere.

Things You'll Need

  • Channel locks


  • Gardening Channel: The Basics of Garden Hose Maintenance and Storage
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About this Author

Robin Gonyo has been writing for several years now. She has a deep love for gardening and has spent a vast amount of time researching that subject. Previously she has written for private clients before joining Demand Studios. She hopes to share her knowledge with others through her writing.