How Good Plumbing Can Improve Your Garden
There are many benefits to having a well-functioning plumbing system. For example, it can help you save money on your water bill and allow you to maintain a cleaner garden. Investing in proper plumbing equipment is one sure way to make a difference in the quality of garden output. Here are ways of doing just that:
1) Investing in quality tubing for irrigation will help avoid frequent repairs associated with cracks and leaks, thus saving up on maintenance costs for your garden. Plastic lines are easy to install and affordable compared to polyethylene lines. You can easily join them together by butting them edge-to-edge and then heating them over an open flame. But if you decide to go with high-pressure plastic tubing, always use the appropriate clamps. And never run these products parallel to galvanized steel wire or bare electrical conductors, as it will stress the plastic pipe, leading to early failure.
One way to extend its life is by protecting them from direct sunlight whenever possible.
2) Investing in quality fittings is also important; choose those made of brass rather than ones made of brass plated with zinc or plastic, as these are less durable and corrosion-resistant. Also, avoid using lead solder when making connections with threaded male adapters, as it can leach into your irrigation line over time due to heat exposure. Use rounded ends for turning radius on all PVC tubing fittings so you can cut them using a standard hand saw instead of having to purchase special fittings just for this purpose, saving you money in the long run.
3) If you have an automated timer attached to your irrigation system, invest in one with a built-in flow meter. These are highly accurate and will allow you to monitor your irrigation line’s actual water use. One downside to this is that it might affect the longevity of your pump since most are not built for running at maximum pressure all of the time.
4) If you plan on installing above-ground lines, avoid PVC and instead go with polyethylene or nylon, as they both have much better UV resistance than traditional thermoplastics and will generally last longer outside exposed to the elements. Another option would be to store spare tubing indoors when conditions become too harsh outside during wintertime.
5) Make sure every house connection has an accessible backflow preventer so you can easily check if there’s a clog in the line. This is important for above-ground lines because the water pressure from the main supply system could cause backflow, damaging your irrigation system if not blocked. The best solution would be to install a double check valve that requires both an inward and outward flow of water before it opens.
6) To maximize the life expectancy of your valves, replace all worn parts immediately and never adjust them by hand since they have been designed to be operated by a torque wrench or special tool only. Also, avoid using them at a fully open position for extended periods, as this will put unnecessary stress on the diaphragm when repeatedly opening and closing during startup each time you turn on your system.
7) Invest in good grades of quick-connect fittings since these are the most convenient to work with. But avoid using them with PVC piping, as low-grade products can sometimes give you trouble during assembly due to inconsistency in sizing and wall thickness. Instead, stick with flexible hose barbs if needed for your installation.
8) Reduce pressure on your system by installing a regulator that allows you to adjust line pressure based on need. A regulator key will come with every new timer purchased, so always keep it safe but easily accessible for future use. Remember not to exceed 80 psi when operating irrigation lines; reduce this number by 5 psi for every 1000 feet of horizontal or 20 degrees difference in elevation between system start point and garden itself instead.
9) Upgrade your old galvanized system with new polyethylene or PVC piping, as these are superior to the former in terms of flexibility and resistance to corrosion. Make sure not to mix metals when tapping into existing steel supply lines, though, as this can lead to metal leaching into your irrigation water over time; if you must do this work yourself, use protective copper sleeves or tape for all exposed threaded connections.
10) Lastly, always ensure that every joint has a proper wrap of pipe thread sealant before joining them together. This will prevent air leaks and ensure each joint is watertight so that you won’t have any issues with fluid leakage during operation.
The most important thing to consider when building your garden is what plants will grow best in the soil. Once you have determined that, it is time to start thinking about managing water so plants can thrive. One of the ways this can be done is by installing good plumbing. Good plumbing means both a well and a septic system, as well as a way to dispose of excess water from rainstorms or other sources.