Systems Guide - Use
Occasional maintenance should be carried out on all drip irrigation
systems. To do this, you need to inspect the emitters, flush the lines
by opening the end cap, and clean the filter. Depending on water quality,
the frequency of filter cleaning may vary. The development of drip irrigation
products has led to successful and trouble-free systems for both the
commercial grower and the homeowner. The design of the system using
filtration and quality emission components will make maintenance a simple
yearly task. Visual inspection of the system is the best way to observe
performance, and can be done in minutes while gardening.
If you are having trouble with your system, conduct the standard maintenance
procedures first. Should the problem be a single emitter, replace it.
If it is more widespread, look for a break in the lines. If the problem
cannot be determined by observation, it may be the result of an inadequate
water supply or faulty system design. “Goof” plugs can be
used to plug holes from which emitters have been removed. They are very
simple to use and are indispensable when doing repair work or changing
your planting pattern. Likewise, couplings come in very handy when any
repair needs to be made on a damaged section of line. Simply cut out
the damaged section of line and install a new piece using the couplings
to connect the two pieces together. And remember, each time you make
a change or repair to your system, the lines need to be flushed to remove
any debris that may have gotten into them as you worked.
“Goof” plugs and couplings should become a part of any
repair kit. If they are not needed or used in the initial installation,
they will be at some time in the future.