How to maintain and unblock drip irrigation systems or drip tapes
Drip irrigation is one of the most innovative farm technologies in the world. With this technology, farmers have recorded significant yield and profit. The technology behind the trickle form of passing water to crops can also saved water usage significantly.
How you maintain and unblock or unclog your drip irrigation system or drip tapes can go a long way in elongating the lifespan of the system.
A lot of farmers buy and install their drip irrigation systems without knowing how to maintain them. When these drip tapes get blocked, they do not also know how to unblock or unclog them.
How to maintain drip irrigation systems or drip tapes
Installing your system rightly
Ensure that the drip tape emitters face upwards when you install the drip irrigation lines. If the emitters face downwards, the emitters may get blocked or clogged easily. The emitters are the small hole like parts on the drip irrigation lines or drip tapes.
Run the drip irrigation system daily
If you can, make sure you pass water through the drip irrigation systems or drip tapes daily. This will ensure that any deposits on the drip emitters will be easily removed or flushed out.
Use only water soluble fertilizers
Never use fertilizers not recommended to be used in drip irrigation systems, there are water soluble fertilizers that are specifically recommended to be used in drip irrigation systems or drip tapes. Do not be tempted to use the conventional type of NPK 15:15:15 sold in the open market in Nigeria in your drip irrigation system.
Use a filter
If the quality of your water is not too good or your water has silt or dirt in it, you are advised to use filters. Some filtration systems have automatic ways of removing dirt without human intervention.
You should endeavour to flush your drip irrigation systems daily, weekly, fortnightly or monthly. I strongly advise you flush your drip irrigation system weekly. If you heavily fertigate daily, you may want to flush your drip irrigation system daily.
Flushing of drip irrigation systems involved the opening of the drip tapes so that water can get out of them.
How to unblock or unclog drip irrigation systems or drip tapes
Sulfuric acid, phosphoric acid, nitric acid and hydrocholoric acid are some of the chemicals that can be used to unblock or unclog drip irrigation systems or drip tapes.
These chemicals can be passed into the drip tapes with fertigation equipments like the venture injector or dosing pump. You need to be very careful when using acids to unblock your drip tapes. Google and hand gloves should be worn.
Excess acid should not be passed to your soil. You must also run the drip irrigation system for a fairly long time so that the acids will be removed from the root zone.
Iron, Manganese Treatment
If the water used for your drip irrigation schedule has a high amount of iron and manganese. The water must be treated so that the drip emitters will not get blocked or clogged.
Chlorine can also be used to unblock or unclog drip irrigation systems or drip tapes. However, care should be exercised when using chlorine.
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