How To Repair Irrigation Systems


Drip irrigations systems are a way to water your garden with the use of underground tubing. This form of irrigation saves on water usage as the water is applied directly to the root, cutting out water loss from evaporation and dissipation. A drip irrigation system makes watering a lawn or garden as simple as turning on an outside faucet. Fixing a problem with a drip irrigation system requires a lot of work, including finding the elusive leak and replacing the faulty tubing.

Step 1

Locate the position of the irrigation system leak. Look for any water that may be shooting up out of the ground and for large, wet patches. Dig until you find the area of the leak.

Step 2

Clear as much mud and dirt away from the leaking component as possible.

Step 3

Remove any debris that may have caused the leak. If an object such as a rock is applying pressure to the hose or dripping components, move it and check that section for further leakage.

Step 4

Determine whether the leak is internal or external to the tubing by bending it gently near the area of the leak. If the crack widens, the leak is from the outside in. If it does not, something inside the tube may have caused the leak.

Step 5

Dig up the tubing and replace it.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Gloves
  • Tubing


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Cleveland Van Cecil is a freelancer writer specializing in technology. He has been a freelance writer for three years and has published extensively on, writing articles on subjects as diverse as boat motors and hydroponic gardening. Van Cecil has a Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts from Baldwin-Wallace College.