You rely on your washdown hose to channel water at a high pressure and flow to wash equipment and surfaces. If your hose nozzle springs a leak, you can’t harness the power of the water needed to complete the job; you need to get this taken care of fast.
If you’ve opened your nozzle and made sure the interior is clean, it’s time to look at other possible issues. These tips and tricks to repair your hose nozzle leak will get you back to spraying effectively.
Use Your Nozzle’s Repair Kit
Having a repair kit means that you can routinely fix your equipment yourself. A kit is cheaper than buying a new nozzle and will generally include the serviceable parts and the tools you need to repair your model. Having the materials and detailed instructions you need on hand will save you time and hassle.
Check the O-Ring
Over time, your nozzle’s O-rings can wear down. Aside from leakage issues, a dry O-ring can also make the trigger on a spray nozzle lose resistance.
Open the washdown hose nozzle by removing the top cap and unscrewing the bolt. If the O-ring is damaged or too dried out, replace it. If it’s dry but otherwise appears functional, reapply silicone grease. Reconnect the hose to the nozzle to fully fix the leak.
Check the Washer in the Trigger Spray Gun
A sealing washer seals joints and helps prevent leaks. It also cushions nuts and bolts. Manufacturers use EPDM washers in products that need to resist degradation from weather and water conditions. These washers also help prevent damage from sun exposure.
Start by opening the nozzle and replacing the washer. You must sufficiently tighten the washer for this tip to repair your hose nozzle leak to work. Insufficient tightening can result in leakage under the seal and around the fastener, whereas excessive tightening can lead to leakage under the seal.
Your washdown hose nozzle is under a lot of pressure, so it’s not surprising that it will need some light servicing over time. Nothing is worse than needing to do a job and being let down by a tool. Fortunately, you can keep your hose nozzle leak-free and working efficiently by using the tips above.
Rural Water Direct offers you reliable valves, nozzles, and fittings for a variety of applications. Browse our products to keep the water flowing and the pressure on.