During the summer, it’s fine to leave your garden hose coiled up and connected at the spigot so that you can use it at any time.
But leaving your hoses out in fall/winter (and still connected to the spigot) can have real consequences.
Your garden hose will likely freeze if there’s any water left in it and the temperature drops below freezing.
More importantly, the faucet itself can be damaged which can be an expensive repair. As water freezes, it expands. With nowhere to expand in the faucet, the frozen water can crack and damage the spigot. Once a spigot is cracked after being frozen, it has to be replaced.
And, when the temperature rises above freezing, you will have free-flowing water inside your house!
Disconnect the hoses to protect the spigot… and your house!
When you disconnect your hose from the faucet this fall, it’s important that you completely drain the water that might still be inside.
The easiest way to do this is to turn off the spigot, and then use a spray nozzle to get water out of the hose. Next, detach the hose and make sure any remaining water is removed. Gravity will help you with this. Simply walk the length of your disconnected hose and keep the portion you are holding above your waist. Any excess water will travel away from you in the hose as you continue walking the length of the hose. Once you get to the end, you should have an empty garden hose!