If you are in the process of setting up a drip irrigation system in your yard, it's important 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 are what 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 the flow of your water.
Drip irrigation filters are very important to a long-lasting drip system. Some might try and 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 which already doesn't produce a lot of water you will only make things worse. If your water pressure is 40 PSI or higher, chances are you will need a pressure regulator.
Drip tubing is the special tube which 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 designed specifically 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. There are also couplings, adapters, elbows, caps, end clamps, and more
Stakes and risers are tools for making your installation work with your landscape. For example, if you have elevated plants, you will need the use of risers. Stakes are great for pinning down components of your drip system, like drip lines.