I installed a drip system for my garden using mostly 180 degree and 90 degree adjustable spray jets on spikes (got them from Home Depot).

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I keep running into a problem where the tips get clogged. I'm guessing there's some insect crawling into them for the dampness. I've unscrewed the tip and turned the water on to make sure nothing in the line was clogged it and everything appeared fine - I've even replaced the tip with a new one and it worked fine again... until it gets clogged again of course.

Does anyone know of a way to clean the tips out?

  • Do you have one of those drip connection kits that includes a filter or is there a filter somewhere in the system? May 29, 2016 at 3:51
  • @OrganicLawnDIY I don't believe there is a filter in the system... at least, I can't recall having ever installed one.
    – jhawes
    May 29, 2016 at 4:19
  • Best used with 150 mesh screen filter. It's amazing what kind of sediment is in the water. Then you only have to worry about mineralization. May 29, 2016 at 4:44

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Most drip components I'm aware of, including this micro sprinkler you're using are very susceptible to clogging. It is not uncommon for there to be sediment in the water supply that will clog the filters which is why manufacturers of these systems also provide filter kits that will screen out sediment.

What you have is a DIG micro sprinkler. If you want to stick with the same manufacturer you can get the DIG D57A Hose Thread Screen Filter if your system is hose connected. If it's connected to your irrigation system there are special control valves for drip systems that I believe include a filter or one can be added inline. If it's connected to a converted sprinkler Rainbird has a conversion kit that includes a a filter.

One more ting to note about these systems is they usually work best with low pressure in the 10-15 psi range. This one is rated for up to 30psi but I believe is meant to be used at 25 psi.

Usually a connection to a drip system involves 3 components. A hose-bib vacuum breaker to prevent water from flowing backwards into your home in the event there's an unusual pressure drop in the main line, a pressure regulator and a screen filter. All three of these should be available at your local Home Depot where you purchased the sprinklers. Each of them currently costs less than $10 with the filter being the most expensive.

  • I looked up some info on the pieces I installed and the timer I set up has a built-in filter... so, my guess is that the filter isn't the issue, unless there's something I'm missing here.
    – jhawes
    May 30, 2016 at 16:55
  • @jhawes what's the brand and model number of the timer? May 30, 2016 at 16:58
  • Here is a link: homedepot.com/p/…
    – jhawes
    May 30, 2016 at 17:07
  • @jhawes I looked through the manual of the item you linked to and nowhere in the manual do the words filter exist nor is a filter depicted in any of the diagrams. Since you're using that type of valve your irrigation is plumbed into your water supply and not using a spigot connected system. In that case I think you may need something like this combo filter/pressure regulator homedepot.com/p/… May 30, 2016 at 17:15
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    thanks for catching that! I'll definitely go install that filter then - sounds like that's the issue.
    – jhawes
    May 31, 2016 at 21:32

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