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- Shut off the water – The outdoor faucet usually has a separate shutoff valve inside the house. Once the water is shut off, turn the faucet on to release any remaining water.
- Remove the sprayer nozzle – Drain the nozzle, if you have one attached, to remove any excess water. Let the nozzle dry completely before putting it in storage.
- Disconnect the hose – If you have multiple hoses hooked together, disconnect them into separate lengths.
- Drain the hose sections – Remove any water that remains inside the hoses. Any water left in the hose may freeze, expand and cause permanent damage to the interior walls.
- Coil the hose for storage – Coil the hose into large loops, approximately 2 feet in diameter. Once complete, check the hose to ensure there are no sections that are kinked or pinched.
- Connect the ends of the hose – If possible, screw the ends of the hose together. This keeps the interior clean throughout the winter months and prevents the hose from unraveling.
- Use a hanger inside the garage or shed – Storing the hose inside protects it from the frigid temperatures. Hanging the hose on a proper hanger with a curved surface that is large enough to support it helps to retain its shape. Using a nail may cause a kink or breakage from weight in one spot over an extended period of time.