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Irrigation Line Cleaning

Irrigation lines tend to get plugged with calcium carbonate, salts, biofilm, and roots. You can tell when the lines are getting plugged by checking the pressure gauges. Pressure will go up as the lines get plugged. The most common program for cleaning lines is to run sulfuric acid and then chlorine, flushing the lines between each application. This approach is costly, dangerous, corrodes equipment, and the chlorine is horrible for plants and soil.

Many growers over the years have reported to us that the Ag1000® seemed to be cleaning their lines. One farm brought his line pressure from 24psi down to 9 after 4 separate flushes. Each flush resulted in a black stinky water, cleaning out the muck in the lines as well as roots. The nice thing is that the water coming our of the lines from the flushing is not loaded with toxic chlorine and has not turned into a corrosive acid. This grower actually sucked up the water and used it as a foliar treatment on his 160 acres of grapes!

Here is how to clean your irrigation lines with Ag1000®
Line Cleaning:
Clean irrigation lines with an application of 5 gallons per acre, let sit in lines for 4-5 days (or longer if possible), and flush. Depending on how hard the water is, this may need to be done 2-4 times per year. The cost of the Ag1000® is less than sulfuric and it is much safer on people and equipment than sulfuric or bleach.

Continued use of Ag1000® in your farm program will keep the lines clean as long as you use the Ag1000®.

Please note, if you are using fine emitters, you will want to remove them prior to flushing. The amount of material coming through the lines will plug them. Another way to avoid this is if you have a large flush valve at the end of the line to flush out the line.