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How to Install a Pressure Tank for a Sprinkler System

By Michael Rippetoe ; Updated September 21, 2017

The addition of a pressure tank to an irrigation system will help solve many problems. The tank will help to stop short cycling of the pump, erratic pressure changes, and low flow problems. The tank helps stop all of these issues by supplying a buffer between the water supply and water distribution ends of the system. The installation of the tank requires very little to be done correctly.

Shut off the power and water supplies to the system. This helps make sure the system will not turn on when the system is drained.

Drain the water from the system. Most likely, if there is no tank installed, the system self-drains after each use. Be sure to check.

Cut the supply pipe between the water supply and the distribution valve. The cut should be made where the tank will reside.

Install the pipe tee at the location of the pipe cut. Install the tee per the requirements of the pipe.

Install the 1-foot of pipe to the tee side of the tee. This will be the pipe to the tank.

Attach the tank the the pipe. Some tanks may require more pipe to complete the connection.

Reconnect the water and power supplies. Test the system for leaks.


Things You Will Need

  • Pipe cutters (equivalent to the pipe in the system_
  • Tee
  • 1 foot of pipe
  • Fitting for the tank


  • The tank should be no more than 48 inches from the main line, and no less than 12 inches from the line.
  • Consult a professional for any questions.


  • Make sure not to overpressure the system; it can explode and cause serious injury.


About the Author


Michael Rippetoe has been writing for 15 years, and has recently decided to make it his career. He has been a journeyman carpenter, ASE Master Mechanic, certified irrigation professional and currently writes for this site, designs websites, and does professional photography. Rippetoe's articles appear on eHow, Garden Guides, AnswerBag and others.