Moving a Sprinkler System in 6 Steps

There are many different kinds of sprinkler systems available on the market today. One of the most popular kinds of sprinkler systems is a drip irrigation sprinkler system, which allows for targeted watering of plants and is easy to maintain.

Additionally, drip sprinkler systems are easy to install and are extremely water efficient, which can be an extremely attractive feature for homeowners who live in areas where water conservation is of primary importance.

What Is a Drip Sprinkler System?

Unlike other sprinkler systems that require digging trenches and installing piping, drip sprinkler systems are extremely flexible. A drip system usually involves installing flexible tubing at various locations around the garden.

Along the tubing small irrigation drippers, bubblers and sprayers are installed. This type of sprinkler system allows for targeted watering of plants. Instead of flooding an area with a great deal of water over a short watering period, targeted watering is allowed to occur over a longer period of time, where the plant and surrounding area is soaked thoroughly so that the roots are well
saturated with water where it is most needed.

As a garden or plant area changes, it is easy to change or relocate the sprinkler system in order to accommodate different needs or changing seasons.

Moving the Drip Sprinkler System

Before beginning to move the system, carefully evaluate where you want the new sprinkler line to be located and what kind of drip attachments you will need for each type of plant. If you are anticipating needing to water a larger area, consider using several sprayers of various sizes to cover the entire area.

Otherwise, you will need drippers or bubblers to install at each plant location. You will also need additional tubing and to consider installing a new controller if you are also starting an entirely new section sprinkler line.

Step 1

Measure out the length of ½ inch tubing you will need for the new line. Run the line along plant area where you intend to install the line.

Step 2

At regular intervals or at each plant you intend to water, install a new emitter (sprayer, bubbler or dripper). Position the emitter close to the plant.

Step 3

Continue to install all of the emitters along the new line until you have all of them installed where you intend them.

Step 4

At the end of the new ½ inch tubing line, install a cap to end the new line.

Step 5

Attach the open end of the line to the water line or control valve. You can also attach the line directly to your garden hose water spigot by using a Y-connecter.

Step 6

Turn on the water to your new line and check to see that each emitter is working correctly. If necessary, make any adjustments, including correcting the position of the emitter or adjusting the emitter.