I want to bury a 40 foot garden hose from my outdoor tap to a hose reel.

The tap itself will be winterized. And the hose reel will be stored in-house for the winter.

But do I need to winterize that 40 foot piece of hose that's gonna stay underground? Both ends of it would be open. Wouldn't the expanding water just come out the end?

If not, how should I do it?

Winter in Canada


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Blow it out with air.

Over simplified example: the ends may freeze first, then when more freezes in the middle it has nowhere to go.

There is a gadget for this if you want to use a compressor. Essentially an adapter "air compressor male to hose fitting".

These adapters are available in several configurations notabley male and female hose bib such as: enter image description here

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Or, if unavailable, make one with 2 or 3 parts from the big box store.

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    You could also suck it out with a shop vac. May 15, 2017 at 14:15
  • What kind of pressure do I need from an air compressor? Would something like this work, or is that too small?
    – Slav
    May 15, 2017 at 14:28
  • It isn't so much about pressure as flow volume. I wouldn't expect that tool to do well. Flip a vacuum around and blow it out with that.
    – isherwood
    May 15, 2017 at 14:31
  • You could of course blow with a shop vac, and if you do, you will eliminate getting any water in your vac. I personally wouldn't want to blow with the shop vac because of all the nasty stuff in there which would then go into the bird watering stations. If you have a leaf blower, that takes in cleaner outdoor air. May 15, 2017 at 14:41
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    @Slav the device u linked might be fine, you still have e to figure the connection out however. Here is a far less expensive portable tho that I'm certain could do the job. As an added bonus the included blue adapter may just fit the interior diameter of your hose.
    – Tyson
    May 15, 2017 at 16:10

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