Drip Tape Installation Tutorial - Maintenance

Drip Tape Installation Tutorial - Maintenance


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Maintenance Tips

WINTERIZING

If you live where it freezes, it's a good idea to drain the water from your drip lines and the components connected to the water source. Here’s how:

  1. Turn off the hose bibb.
  2. If you have a hose-end timer installed, let the system run through a watering cycle. This will open the timer and let any remaining water drain out of the timer, other components and the drip tubing.
  3. If you do not have a timer installed, unscrew the drip system from the hose bibb for a few minutes to let the air into the line. Reattach the line after a minute or two.
  4. Note: We do not recommend blowing compressed air through a drip system.

 

FLUSH THE LINE ANNUALLY

Since drip systems operate at low pressures, sediment can settle in the line over time.

  1. Flush the line annually by unscrewing the end cap at the end of the line.
  2. Check filter screen for debris and clean if necessary.
  3. Turn on the hose bibb until the water runs clear from the end of the line.
  4. Replace the cap.
  5. Turn on the hose bibb and check the entire system for leaks.

 

REPAIR BREAKS & LEAKS

  1. Small holes in the line can be plugged with a goof plug.
  2. For larger breaks or holes in the 1/4” drip tubing, make a clean cut around the damaged area and reconnect the lines with a 1/4” barbed connector (DD-C250) which can be purchased separately.
  3. For larger breaks or holes in the 1/2” drip tubing, make a clean cut around the damaged area and reconnect the lines with a 1/2” Direct-Loc Coupling (DL-C600).

 

DRIP IRRIGATION TUTORIALS

Visit our website for more tips, tricks, and expert advice: https://www.irrigationdirect.ca/Irrigation-and-Lighting-Tutorials.html

 

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