Equipment Problems

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.

Equipment Problems with Hydroponics

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Algae Algae is that mossy, slimy gunk you see gathering on ponds in summer. Unfortunately, algae gets in a ton of other places too. That includes your hydroponic system. It might look green, reddish black,

Pathogens and Disease

Pathogens and Disease Recirculating hydroponic systems can quickly spread illness among plants. In any hydroponic system, however, you need to take care of disease right away. One of the most common problems is root disease.


Pests Pests are far more common in outdoor gardening, but hydroponic gardens can get them too. The most common pests in hydroponic systems include: aphids, fungus gnats, spider mites, thrips, and whiteflies. Most pests don’t

Power Outage

Power Outages Power outages may or may not be common, depending on where you live. One of the biggest problems, especially if you have a DWC system, is providing oxygen to the roots. Of course,

pH Imbalance

pH Imbalance You should already be keeping a close eye on your pH levels. If plants don’t have proper pH levels, they can experience lockout. Lockout is when the pH is too high or low,