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Drip tape problems, have you had these?

 
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This is my first year using drip tape in the garden and orchard. I've loved it EXCEPT, it's split in many spots. I bought it from dripworks.com Has anyone else had this problem?
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Hey Elle! Drip tape is designed for low pressure uses, and a lot of them have a max pressure of 12 or 15psi. Do you have it connected to a household water supply like a garden hose faucet? If the bursting is from water pressure being too high, a water pressure regulator at the source (faucet) with the drip tape connected to it will remedy the situation and future bursting.
 
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I do have a PSI reducer connected. I bought a kit and it came with one. I installed it as directed. How do I check my wells PSI?
 
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elle sagenev wrote:I do have a PSI reducer connected. I bought a kit and it came with one. I installed it as directed. How do I check my wells PSI?



Excellent, that narrows things down. Another possibility is holes could be getting poked into the drip tape from accidentally stepping on it, for example. Drip tape is often made from 15-mil plastic and while that's pretty thick for such a type of plastic, it can still be easy to puncture.

A simple way to check the well pressure is with a water pressure gauge with a garden hose fitting on the end. Just screw it on and open the faucet and you'll know what the psi is. Here's what one looks like:



 
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If you know the pressure is regulated and in range, and if you know there was not damage to the drip tape in handling or installing it, that only leaves defective product as a reason for the splits.
Drip tape is generally considered good for one season (depending on the supplier and how much they want to cover their butts) but I've used some of the same tape for years with no issues. I say this to illustrate that you should not have failure this soon with new tape.
You should contact the manufacturer and be ready to prove that your pressure is regulated. Good luck!
 
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Matt Todd wrote:If you know the pressure is regulated and in range, and if you know there was not damage to the drip tape in handling or installing it, that only leaves defective product as a reason for the splits.
Drip tape is generally considered good for one season (depending on the supplier and how much they want to cover their butts) but I've used some of the same tape for years with no issues. I say this to illustrate that you should not have failure this soon with new tape.
You should contact the manufacturer and be ready to prove that your pressure is regulated. Good luck!



I am not sure of water pressure and will test that as soon as I can to determine if it's ok.

I know it wasn't damaged at installation as these leaks are a new thing. We don't wander around the garden all that much, it's fenced from the dogs, so nothing should be damaging the tape.

I was hoping to take up the tape in the fall to reuse next year so the splitting upsets me!
 
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That is weird.

I use the 15 mil ones from dripworks and I've never had that happen. I previously used their thinner tape, however I never had any of the thinner ones just blow out the side like that. I've even ran them over 30psi and not had them explode.

Can you take an up-close pic of the split when the water is off? A good pic of the hole and I might be able to tell what's happening.
 
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Hmmmm, makes me wonder if a curious animal is biting into it!!??Raccoon comes to mind, maybe even a chipmunk or squirrel...especially if it's been dry and they happen to come across it when it's got water in it and they see it slowly oozing out and go for a drink but want MORE lol. Heck, maybe even a very determined bird (but I kind of doubt that)

I am pretty sure we use the same type (the two blue stripes) and while we do have some issues, it's pretty rare and usually our fault.

We move them rather often when transitioning beds and we'll drag them along the ground/sometimes get kinked, etc.

The good thing is that they are quick and easy to fix but frustrating if you don't catch it and it floods a spot in the bed
 
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Elle,

Congratulations on your dripworks solution.  I have ordered their products before and I love them.  I have not used drip tape as I was always concerned about durability.  Instead I used emitter tubing which is more durable.  On top of this I buried it.  As mentioned previously, perhaps an animal got into it.  Perhaps the drip tube is more durable.

Good luck!

Eric
 
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