How to Fix a Hole in a Garden Hose


It can be frustrating when your garden hose springs a leak. Water pressure is compromised for the areas you want to water, and a watery mess is left in areas you don't. But fixing a hole in your weathered or damaged hose doesn't have to be difficult or time-consuming. Extend its life with pipes or clamps you already have, or buy a simple rubber patch repair kit. Also, make sure there are no creases in the hose when you wrap it around storage holders, and remember to drain it and keep it in the garage during freezing cold temperatures.

Step 1

Remove the hole and use a clamp: Cut off the portion of the hose that contains the hole with shears, and separate the hose portions. Discard the cut piece, and reattach the hose ends by pushing them over a small piece of connecting pipe. Use hose clamps to tighten the connected portions.

Step 2

Close the hole with a repair patch kit: Use sandpaper to roughen up the area where the hole is located. This will ensure that the rubber cement adheres to the hose rubber. Apply a thin layer of rubber cement over the area and cover with the rubber patch. Once the rubber cement is completely dry, wrap the area tightly with duct tape.

Step 3

Test the repairs by running water through the hose and checking for leaks. If your hose is still leaking, repeat the above steps, making sure the clamps are secured properly or the rubber patch is on firmly.

Things You'll Need

  • Shears
  • Small piece of pipe
  • Hose clamps
  • Repair patch kit
  • Sandpaper
  • Duct tape


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