If you are in the process of setting up a drip irrigation system in your yard, it's essential to get all the right parts and accessories to get the job done right. We have come up with a helpful drip irrigation parts list of standard components. Without further ado, here are some of the products you might need:
Irrigation valves allow you to turn the water flow on/off. The valve is an essential component of any irrigation system. There are two different kinds of valves you can install to control your water flow.
- Isolation Valves - Isolation valves are usually manually operated. Isolation valves are typically left open, meaning the water is shut off with another valve in the supply line. You would use isolation valves to shut off water for repairs or during winter.
- Control Valves - Control valves can be automatic or manual. They can control individual areas like a garden or planter boxes. Many individuals use control valves all over their yard. They are a great way to control water flow on your property. You can read more about valves and the importance of using them in your yard before starting your drip irrigation installation process.
Drip irrigation filters are critical to a long-lasting drip system. Some might tell you that you don't need a filter if you are using city water. Drip emitters have a tiny opening and are very sensitive. Even the tiniest material can clog an emitter. When you use a filter, you are not only ensuring clean water, but you are also keeping your emitters safe from getting clogged.
Backflow preventers are designed for your safety and well-being. They are a must-have on drip systems. A backflow preventer is designed to keep salmonella, dog urine, and even dirt from entering your drinking water from the drip system.
A pressure regulator is only required if your water has a lot of pressure. If you put a pressure regulator on a valve that already doesn't produce much water, you will only worsen things. If your water pressure is 40 PSI or higher, chances are you will need a pressure regulator.
Drip tubing is the special tube that runs to your plants. Your emitters, which water the plants, are connected to this special tubing. This type of tubing should not be buried underground unless you use tubing explicitly designed for that (copper protected).
Connect the tubing to other lines of tubing, as well as emitters and bubblers using the appropriate drip fittings. The fittings for thin lines of tubing are commonly barbed like you will find with tees. When it comes to thicker-diameter tubing, you will want to look for compression tees, couplings, adapters, elbows, caps, end clamps, and more.
Stakes & Risers
Stakes and risers are tools for making your installation work with your landscape. For example, if you have elevated plants, you will need risers. Stakes are great for pinning down components of your drip system, like drip lines.
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