How to fix a garden drip hose

Due to its straightforward construction and lack of moving parts, drip irrigation components pose few challenges for maintenance. Local failure is frequently brought on by obstructions brought on by microscopic particles pulled into the system through the emitters. However, there are times when collisions or cold temperatures might harm the tubes or emitters.

A clogged filter at the water supply, faulty timing equipment, or faulty valves can all lead to system failure. With basic equipment and affordable materials, you can troubleshoot and fix most drip system issues.

Some Ways To Fixing a Garden Drip Hose

1.   Remove a problem emitter by pulling it out of the drip tube

emitter by pulling it out of the drip tube

Use a utility knife to cut the emitter off the tube if it is connected to a 1/4-inch branch tube rather than a 1/2- or 5/8-inch main line. Then, cut the tubing off the emitter barbs.

2.   Turn on the water after you’ve removed all the problem emitters.

Turn on the water after you've removed all the problem emitters.

 This will flush the lines and remove any sediment that is causing blockages.

3.   Replace the emitters that were blocked with new ones.

Replace the emitters

 To ensure the same drip rate, use ones from the same manufacturer and with the same color code. Although you might be able to clean the emitters by soaking them, replacements are cheap, and you can be confident that the repair will work.

4.   Repair a leaking section of hose by cutting it out with a utility knife

The remaining tubes relate to a segment of fresh polybutylene tubing by pressing compression couplings onto each of their ends. To ensure that a compression coupling is watertight, make sure that at least 1/2 inch of tubing is inserted within each joint.

5.   Clean the main filter to correct widespread emitter failure. 

 filter to correct widespread emitter failure

Unscrew the filter cup, remove the filter, and invert it under a garden hose to clean it. Replace it if it’s soiled or blocked with mineral deposits.

6. Replace the timer batteries if the system doesn’t switch on at the preprogrammed times

If you have a 12-volt system, check the terminal connections with a multimeter to make sure there’s power.

How To Fix Drip Line Breaks

FAQs of How To Fix a Garden Drip Hose

Why doesn’t my drip system function?

Your pressure can be too low if you’re utilizing pressure-compensating drippers. Depending on the type of dripper, PC drippers are made to open at a specific pressure (approximately 5 to 15 PSI). The drippers may not open or may not regulate if this is not done. A pressure regulator should be installed as the optimum solution.

How often does a drip irrigation system need maintenance?

Every day, the drip system filter should be examined, and if necessary, cleaned. There are disc and screen filters for sale. Disc filters should be used more often because they are less likely to clog and require less back flushing to clean. Verify the lines for leaks.

How frequently should drip irrigation be fixed?

A subsurface drip irrigation system’s lifespan is between twelve and fifteen years, depending on how well it is maintained, however with time, some of the system’s parts may need to be replaced or fixed. If a controller is positioned outside, for instance, it could degrade due to UV light.

How much space is covered by a drip line?

In sandy soil, a 1-gph emitter may cover an area with a diameter of 12 inches, and in clay soil, an area with a diameter of 18 inches. I often place a single 1-gph emitter directly on the root ball of plants that are 1 gallon in size. I begin with one 1-gph emitter per foot of branch-spread diameter for larger plants.

How can I boost the drip pressure?

Divide the irrigation system into two zones to increase water pressure and flow. Severed the tubing at the system’s centre, then seal off the cut ends.


When maintaining or constructing a drip system, it would be advisable to select professional grade plastic products that can withstand poor water quality, UV exposure, and severe weather variations. A drip system’s longevity will increase thanks to the impact resistance of commercial grade polymers. An entire system built with inferior components may deteriorate much more quickly and may need to be fixed.

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