As suggested by the name, garden hoses are frequently used to convey water for gardening, lawn care, and other landscaping needs. They are also used to clean anything outside, including automobiles, equipment, building exteriors, and animals. A backflow prevention device must be installed on the spigot or tap whenever a flexible hose is connected to a drinking water supply to stop polluted water from syphoning back in the event of a pressure drop. Plumbing codes may legally demand permanently installed backflow preventers, and many water suppliers impose this requirement. It can be tempting to just pick the least expensive garden hose because there are so many alternatives and little discernible difference between them. However, even minor adjustments can significantly affect how long the hose lasts and how simple it is to use. Ideally, a garden hose would last five to ten years. But a lot of people who purchase lower-quality hoses find that they need to replace them every year because of leaks, splits, or rot. Generally speaking, it is more cost-effective to get a high-quality hose in the first place, even though some issues can be fixed. Although rubber hoses tend to be the most durable and expensive, they are also the strongest and might be difficult to move around the yard. Rubber also offers the added advantages of carrying hot water, being less prone to kinking, and being resistant to cracking and ozone damage (so they don’t disintegrate if left in the sun). Rubber is the best material for a hose that can withstand heavy use and survive for several seasons. A flexible garden hose is ideal (for simple storage, navigating tight spaces, etc.), but it shouldn’t be too flexible to kink easily. Your hose’s lifespan will be shortened by kinking, which causes splitting. All garden hoses will kink if they are twisted, even the ones labelled “kink-free,” but some are better than others. Rubber and reinforced hoses, in general, are less likely to kink than other types.