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How to Fix a Hole in a Garden Hose

By Tammy Wood ; Updated September 21, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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 Will Need

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


  • Warm up the garden hose prior to cutting it to make the rubber pliable and easier to manipulate.
  • Instead of repairing the holes in your hose, use them to create a soaker hose. Poke evenly spaced holes throughout the length of the hose to water your plantings using a soaking method instead of a direct-watering method.



About the Author


Tammy Wood has been writing for more than 15 years, and has been published in the Chicken Soup For the Soul books, "Parenting" magazine and several websites. Wood serves as the director of online marketing for 12 organizations and creative director for BTC Interactive, a newsletter and article archive. She received a degree in business management from the University of Washington.