What stands between a good water garden hose from the cheap junk usually found in the big box discount stores? Here are some of the features to look for in a quality garden hose that will give you years of good service.
Drinking water Safe: “Drinking water safe” is not a complete designation since all hoses release some small خرید شیلنگ آب عمده amounts of chemicals. PVC and man made plastic hoses release small amounts of toxic or known carcinogenic compounds into the water and are not generally considered drinking water safe. Ether-based Polyurethane is the best choice for drinking water safe garden hose construction since it releases very little in the form of harmful materials.
Quality Construction: Look for brass equipments. Brass has the unique capacity to form water-tight brass-to-brass connections. The other benefit from brass is its great resistance to rust. Another sign of a superior garden hose is the use of high-density plastic garden hose kink guards on both ends of the garden hose to eliminate any possibility of the garden hose collapsing or kinking to a closed position when pulled taunt from the sink.
Durability: According to data put together from lab testing results offered by plastic hoses manufacturers and chemical compound manufacturers such as Dow Chemical, BF Goodrich yet others, this is my best guess for the life span you will get from hoses made of these different materials.
PVC garden hose (these are usually the least expensive hoses) — about 12 months.
Cheaper Polyurethane compounds (doesn’t say “ether”) — about 3 — 5 years.
High quality multi-layer Plastic — about 5 — 10 years.
Ether-based Polyurethane — about 5 — 10 years.
Garden hose Style: Most hoses are of the straight variety. Straight hoses reach to their full length but are the hardest to store. Straight hoses can be stored on a garden hose baitcasting reel, but it is often difficult to muscle them on and off the baitcasting reel. If you want to use a baitcasting reel, a Polyurethane garden hose is your most suitable choice since they are lighter and more flexible. Coiled hoses are safer to withdraw back into their coils shape for a smaller storage. Cheaper coiled hoses tend to lose the coils memory and twist and kink into a complex mess. There is a hybrid type of coils garden hose which retracts back to a very compact flat heap and is a good choice if you need the garden hose to store into a small space.
Care and Maintenance: With good care and maintenance you can greatly extend the life span of your garden hose. Even with the best UV resistant hoses, long term sun exposure is the better threat to long garden hose life. If at all possible, store your hoses out of the sun when not being used. If you live where the winters are cold, you should deplete your garden hose before storage so your garden hose material doesn’t crack due to the expansion of ice.
With one of these guidelines and advice in mind, you should be able to find a garden hose that meets your needs and will give you many, many years of good service.