In the face of a winter season influenced by the strong presence of El Niño, it's crucial to prioritize the winter maintenance of Giraffe Tools, especially our esteemed product, the Retractable Garden Hose Reel. Having served through three seasons, the Retractable Garden Hose Reel requires mindful winter care to uphold its robust functionality and gear up for the tasks awaiting in 2024. Join us as we delve into the necessary cautions for storage and winterization to ensure the optimal performance of Retractable Hose Reels.
How to Store it in Winter
The primary challenge faced by retractable garden hose reels during winter is the drop in temperature, especially exacerbated by the influence of El Niño in the northern regions. Low temperatures increase the risk of stiffness and brittleness in hoses and connectors, wear on the reel cover, and the undesirable potential for machine damage due to icing and freezing. Now let’s review the steps needed for its winter storage.
1. Turn Off and Disconnect
- Switch the machine to the "OFF" state.
- Turn off the water supply tap.
- Disconnect the plug from the socket.
2. Release Pressure and Drain
- Discharge residual pressure from the nozzle by squeezing the nozzle trigger.
- Drain the water hose thoroughly.
- Retract the hose gently and slowly.
The hose can become jammed if it retracts unassisted. To keep the hose well arranged and have a longer life span, retract the hose with gentility.
3. Wipe the Hose with NO Detergents
- Wipe the hose with a moist cloth.
Keeping dust and sand from being pulled into the reel would prevent potential damage to the lock and retraction mechanism inside the machine.
-Do NOT Use Chemicals
Refrain from using any chemicals or substances on the hose, which might result in erosion.
4. Indoor Storage
- Dismantle the machine and keep the machine in a safe and dry environment for optimal winter storage indoors.
Storing your retractable garden hose reel indoors protects it from extremely low temperatures in winter conditions, preserving its components and ensuring a longer lifespan.
5. Prevent Icing Issues
- Before reuse, check for any ice in the water hose.
- If partially frozen, wait for it to melt before normal use.
Checking for ice in the water hose before reuse prevents potential damage and ensures a smooth start without any risks associated with freezing conditions.
How to Maintain it in Winter
Besides proper storage for the machine, careful maintenance is also essential to prolong your tool’s longevity and maintain its productiveness. The following steps will help you achieve the goal.
1. Safeguard Power Cord and Plug
Inspect power cords and plugs for any signs of cracks or damage before every use and every month of restoration. Low temperatures can make plastic more susceptible to stiffness, increasing the risk of cracking.
2. Check and Replace Seals
Seals may harden and crack in colder temperatures. Check and replace seals as needed to maintain proper sealing of the equipment.
3. NO Antifreeze Solution
While it’s tempting to use antifreeze, Giraffe Tools suggests otherwise. The corrosive nature of antifreeze can erode internal components, impacting the water inlet and outlet.
4. Prevent Rust on Springs
After usage, use a dry cloth to wipe off any water on the hoses, air-dry, and then roll up the hose to prevent rust on the springs.
In the face of winter's chill, the meticulous winter maintenance of your Giraffe Tools Retractable Garden Hose Reel is not just a task; it's a commitment to its longevity and peak performance. By adhering to the outlined precautions for storage and winterization, you are safeguarding your investment against the harsh effects of cold temperatures. With each act of maintenance, you contribute to its resilience, ensuring it emerges unscathed, ready to facilitate your outdoor tasks with unwavering efficiency in the promising year ahead.