Clean An Irrigation System's Emitters, Filter, And Internal Components

Posted on: 19 September 2016

If a couple of the irrigation emitters that are connected to your property's irrigation system have debris stuck inside of their openings, you may have noticed that an inadequate supply of water is emitted from them when the system is turned on. Clean the openings with the following steps in order to increase water flow.


  • bucket
  • warm water
  • mild detergent
  • chlorine bleach
  • thin tube brush
  • handheld scrub brush
  • water hose
  • replacement filter

Remove The Clogged Emitters And Soak Them In A Cleaning Solution

Turn off the irrigation system. Grasp each clogged emitter with your fingers and pull it towards yourself. Inspect the bottom of each emitter and remove large pieces of debris from all of them with the end of a tube brush. Place the dirty emitters in a bucket of warm, soapy water. If the emitters have a lot of residue on them, add a few drops of chlorine bleach to the soapy water to strengthen the cleaning agent. Leave the emitters in the bucket of soapy water for several minutes.

Use A Scrub Brush To Eliminate Residue And Inspect The Filter

Take each emitter out of the bucket. Use a handheld scrub brush to remove any residue that wasn't eliminated while the pieces were soaking in the soapy solution. Once finished, rinse off the pieces with a water hose. Locate the filter that is secured to the irrigation system. If it is dirty, remove it from its holder and soak it in the soapy water for a few minutes.

Afterwards, use one of your hands to move the filter back and forth through the water to assist with loosening any particles that are stuck on its surface. Rinse the filter off with water before reattaching it to the irrigation system. If the filter is damaged or has a lot of residue stuck on its surface that you have trouble removing, purchase a replacement filter.

Flush The System With Water And Secure The Emitters

Turn on the irrigation system for a few minutes in order to flush any materials that are stuck inside of it. Afterwards, replace the emitters in each opening along the side of the irrigation system. Press the emitters inwards to lock them in place. Turn the irrigation system back on to make sure that water is released through each emitter at the same speed. In order to prevent blockages in future, inspect and clean the irrigation emitter occasionally and flush the system with water.

For more information, contact local professionals like Hydrotech Irrigation Co


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