Hydroponic gardens need more bits of gear than a plant growing outside. Hydroponic plants require the same basic things, but rely on you to provide the proper growing conditions.
It’s never good to have your hydroponic equipment malfunction. However, a lot of issues come from equipment that isn’t correctly sized or fitted. Luckily, there are quick fixes for many pieces, like pipes, tubes, and drums. Namely, rubber grommets. These create a fitted seal, and can make up for an otherwise poor fit.
Sometimes leaks aren’t even from poorly sized equipment. A single loose piece can cause bigger leaks than you might think. If it isn’t a size problem, check all of your fittings. They shouldn’t be too tight, but they need to be snug and secure.
If you have trouble with clogs in your hydroponic system, here’s what to check first. Look at all intake areas and see if the problem is visible. If it isn’t, you may need to take apart certain pieces and manually clean them out.
Clogs often result from algae issues, and root overgrowth. Regularly check roots for overgrowth that can clog outlets and drains. Make sure growing medium isn’t filtering throughout the rest of your system.