Rain Hose is an affordable spray irrigation technology. It is an alternative for the sprinkler irrigation system. It is easy to install and maintain. Rain Hose is a flexible hose with a pattern of drip holes. These drip holes are made with nano punching technology to ensure a uniform flow of water. The rain hose is suitable for closely spaced crops like onions, vegetable crops, leafy vegetables, groundnuts, etc.
Where to use the system
This irrigation system can be used in crop nurseries for vegetables, fruits or forestry. It can also be used in irrigating short vegetable crops such as cabbage, lettuce, broccoli, kales, spinach, collards, broad beans, carrot, strawberry and others, or pasture, grass and legumes. When choosing the crop to irrigate using this method, consider its susceptibility to foliage fungal infections. Tomato, potato, peppers, peas, green beans and chili easily succumb to foliage fungal infections when overhead or a rain hose system is used for a long time.
Components required in rain hose installation
- End-caps. They close the end of the pipe to prevent further water flow
- Starter off-takes. They connect the rain pipe to the PVC or HDPE main line that supplies water to the rain hose from a water pump or highly elevated water tank
- Pipe connectors. To connect one rain hose pipe to another
- Mini valves. To control water flow to the rain hose pipe
How to use the system
- Lay the mainline. This is the pipe delivering irrigation water to the farm from the pump. Your mainline will be larger in size than the rain hose pipe. So if your rain hose pipe is 1” for instance, use a 1.5” or 2″ main or sub mainline.
- Connect to the mainline. Make a 1” insertion on the mainline and attach the off-take connector. The size of the insertion is as per the size of your off-take
- Hose connection. Attach the rain hose pipe to the off-take connector
- Hose to hose connection. Use the connector to attach one rain hose to another
- End cap. Insert the end cap at the end of the hose
Precautions when laying and using the rain hose
- Lay the pipe with the holes facing up. After the tail is blocked, pressurize it with pressure equipment such as a water pump.
- If the water quality is poor, wrap it with gauze at the suction port of the pump as a preliminary filtering device to remove larger impurity particles. And install more than 50 mesh filter equipment at the water outlet of the pump to prevent the rain pipe holes from being blocked.
- When using the rain pipe system for the first time, try to open as many switches as possible to prevent the bursting of the micro-spray belt due to excessive instantaneous pressure. After the system pressure has stabilized, several switches can be turned off if the pressure is low.
- Pay attention to the system pressure, the normal working pressure is usually between 0.2~0.8 Bar. When the pressure is higher than 1 bar, the risk of bursting is huge.
Advantages of using a Rain Hose
- Premium Quality: Rain Hose Pipe is manufactured from polyethylene with added UV stabilizer and additives to protect the pipe for many years from sunlight and other climatic conditions. Nano punching technology so that there is a uniform flow of water.
- Economical: Rain hose pipe reduces water & energy consumption Its spray Irrigation technology saves water more than 60% and irrigates more crops in less time, saving electricity & labor.
- Easy To Use: Rain hose pipes are lightweight, portable, and flexible, easy to install and reallocate. These rain irrigation pipes are quick to set up and can be carried very quickly from one place to another.
- Fittings: Each rain pipe unit comes with a 100mtr rain pipe, including a male adapter, joiner, end cap, and takeoff valve.
- Weather Resistance: Rain hose pipes are UV resistant and withstand all weather conditions and temperatures. Wide Coverage: With the help of appropriate water pressure rain hose pipe can spray up to 10 to 15 feet on both sides. To perform best, it requires 2kg/cm2 water pressure.
GENERAL RAIN HOSE MAINTENANCE TIPS
There are some really simple ways you can keep your garden hose in great condition all year long. Below we discuss some of the top tips for taking care of your rain hose.
Don’t let water build up in the hose
Leaving water in the hose can cause problems with unwanted bacteria in the interior funnel of the hose. This can cause issues with degradation to the inner tube, so after every use, drain out all the excess water before putting the hose away. This is why you should always let the hosepipe dry whenever you use it. Water pressure can build up if there’s excess water which can lead to a burst hosepipe.
Be mindful of colder conditions
Water expands when it freezes, which means if you leave water in the hose in winter, the water can freeze, expand, and cause cracks and holes to appear in the lining.
Avoid direct sunlight
In the summer months, be mindful to clear the hose of any excess water after each use. In the summer, leftover water can heat up if exposed to the sun’s rays, which can harm the rubber. Direct sunshine can damage, crack or rupture the exterior layer of the hose. Water left inside the tube can also heat up and potentially damage the inner lining.
Don’t use the hose pipe nozzle as a handle
Maneuvering your hose using the nozzle can damage the nozzle connection, causing leaks. Dragging your hose along in this manner won’t do the connecting parts any good, so it’s always worth moving the hose when it is still coiled up, if possible.
Store your hose away properly after use
Avoid leaving your hose in a mangled mess on the lawn after using it. This can create kinks in the hose lining that can eventually lead to cracks and tears. Proper storage options keep your hose in good condition all year round while keeping it safe and out of the way, where it can not only be exposed to harsh weather conditions but can be a trip hazard too.
Rain hose has many advantages, such as low cost, convenient laying and use, and simple maintenance. Compared with the transmission flood irrigation method, the rain pipe irrigation can bring a very significant effect of increasing production, and can also effectively avoid the problems of soil compaction, field runoff, soil erosion, and fertilizer efficiency reduction that may be caused by flood irrigation. Farmers with closely spaced crops with low height can greatly benefit from this method of irrigation.
Mazero Agrifood Ltd, with farmers in mind, have durable and cost effective rain hose pipes which are UV treated to prolong their life span by ensuring that they are not affected by intense sun. We also have a team of qualified technical personnel to help farmers in installation services.
Contact us today on 0729777711 to order your rain hose pipe.