Line Blaster is a liquid that is injected into irrigation lines to remove blockages and all types of deposits that plug emitters. At some point in time it is inevitable that plugging will occur. Line Blaster is a unique formulation that a small amount of peracetic acid which is a weak organic acid. By weak, it means that Line Blaster won't change the pH of the water. It is very concentrated and is used in very small amounts to clean out the irrigation emitters. Line Blaster has a very low use cost because it is so concentrated. Other products have much more peracetic acid, but are not as effective and cannot be diluted as much as Line Blaster.
What are the different dilution rates of Line Blaster and why are they needed?
The QUICK CLEAN UP Rate is 1:6,000. (1 gal of Line Blaster for every 6,000 gals of irrigation water). Line Blaster injected for 15 minutes per zone and allowed to sit in the irrigation lines for 4 to 8 hours. The is repeated 3 times and most every emitter will be working properly.
The CONTINUOUS INJECTION Rate is 1:24,000 (1 gal of Line Blaster for every 24,000 gals of irrigation water). Line Blaster is injected a this rate whenever the system is running and over a period of 8 to 16 hours the emitters are cleaned.
The PREVENTION Rate is 1:48,000 (1 gal of Line Blaster for every 48,000 gals of irrigation water). At this low dosage, Line Blaster will prevent any blockages from forming and keep the system working as if it was the first day it was started.
The amount of time required to remove blockages depends on the type of blockage and the amount of emitters that are plugged. Line Blaster will clean those emitters closest to the injection point and the further away from the injection point the longer it takes to clean those emitters.
Growers have different irrigation schedules and layout that can determine which method to use. Some liner growers have only spritz water on plants for a very short time, but water the plants multiple times a day (Line Blaster has never hurt a plant in 21 years). This is perfect for the 1:24000 Continuous Rate. Some growers have large acreage (up to 80 acres) that take a large pump to irrigate the zones. Depending on the situation, this could call for either the 1:6,000 Quick Clean Up Rate or the 1:24,000 Continuous Rate. Both would be effective, but the 1:6,000 Quick Clean Up Rate would work faster. Sometimes a grower finds himself in a bind when plants start to die or wilt. That calls for the 1:6,000 Quick Clean Up Rate which can open the emitters in a 12-24 hour period. Some crops (particularly tomates) require some much water that they irrigate 24 hours a day to produce a top notch crop. This would be perfect for the 1:24000 Continuous Rate.
Line Blaster can be used by the grower based upon their needs and their irrigation schedule.
LINE BLASTER WORKS THE WAY GROWERS NEED
FAST, SAFE AND QUICK AT A LOW COST
What is Line Blaster Powder?
The cost depends on the irrigation flow rate (gals/min or gals/hr) and the injection rate used. Let's assume that irrigation rate is 100 gals per minute. That is 6,000 gals per hour.
Using the QUICK CLEAN UP Rate of 1:6,000. (1 gal of Line Blaster for every 6,000 gals of irrigation water). It is easy to see that 1 gal of Line Blaster is needed every hour. If injected for 15 minutes per zone, one gallon will treat 4 Zones. The cost per zone is $10.69.
Using the CONTINUOUS INJECTION Rate of 1:24,000 (1 gal of Line Blaster for every 24,000 gals of irrigation water). In 1 hour, 0.25 gals (1 qt.) of Line Blaster is required. The cost per hour is $10.67.
Using the PREVENTION Rate of 1:48,000 (1 gal of Line Blaster for every 48,000 gals of irrigation water). In one hour, 0.125 gals (1 pint/16 ounces) of Line Blaster is required. The cost per hour is $5.35.
Based on these rates, larger or smaller flow rates can quickly be calculated. If your flow rate is 500 gpm, take the amount per hour or zone and multiply by five. Also the cost would be higher. Multiply the cost times 5 to get the cost.
With the QUICK CLEAN UP Rate of 1:6,000 it would require 5 gals of Line Blaster per hour with a cost of $53.45 per zone.
Using the CONTINUOUS INJECTION Rate of 1:24,000, it would require 1.25 gals of Line Blaster per hour with a cost of $53.35 per hour.
The PREVENTION Rate of 1:48,000 would require 0.64 gals (80 ozs) per hour at a cost of $26.75.
The cost of using Line Blaster is very small compared to the alternative: replacing irrigation parts. The labor is the real cost of changing out parts. There is also the cost of what employees could have been doing instead of changing out irrigation parts.
What is Line Blaster Powder?
Line Blaster Powder is a granular form that contains 37% Line Blaster. It is alkaline based so it is not recommended for direct contact with plants. It will accomplish everything that Line Blaster does, but is formulated for applications like cleaning floors, benches, tables, walls, and other surfaces. It is also excellent for cleaning cool pads.