How to Install Reticulation Solenoid Valves Correctly

Hi I’m Luke and in this article I want to share with you three essential elements when installing a new irrigation or reticulation system. I have been installing solenoid valves for close to 20 years and I have seen the worst and best of irrigation in this time. In this comprehensive blog, we will explore three critical components needed for a successful reticulation system: the master solenoid, dual check valve, and isolation tap. Let me show you how these critical  elements of a reticulation system  enhance efficiency, water management, and system protection, as I share valuable insights and expertise to optimise your reticulation system’s performance.

The Master Solenoid: Control at Your Fingertips

At the core of every efficient reticulation system lies the master solenoid—the powerhouse that enables you to conveniently control water flow to all zones. This essential component acts as the “brain” of the system, providing centralised control and coordination of water distribution. 

The master solenoid serves as a central control point, allowing you to effortlessly shut down the water supply to the entire system during emergencies, maintenance activities, or temporary shutdowns. This capability is particularly valuable when addressing leaks, performing repairs, or conducting maintenance on specific zones of your reticulation system. Without a master solenoid, shutting down the entire system would disrupt water flow to other zones unnecessarily. However, with a master solenoid in place, you have the power to isolate the affected zone while keeping the rest of the system operational. This level of control not only saves time and effort but also minimises water wastage.


Moreover, the master solenoid provides peace of mind, knowing that you can swiftly and easily shut off the water supply to the entire system in case of emergencies. Whether it’s a burst pipe or a malfunctioning sprinkler, having the ability to control water flow can prevent further damage and minimise water loss. This feature is especially beneficial for commercial properties, large gardens, or expansive landscapes where a quick response to emergencies is crucial.

The master solenoid is typically controlled by a switch or a controller, allowing you to adjust water flow and distribution according to specific needs. By integrating the master solenoid into your reticulation system, you gain enhanced control, convenience, and efficiency in managing your irrigation needs.

Dual Check Valves: Safeguarding Water Quality

Dual Check Valves: Safeguarding Water Quality

Water quality is of paramount importance in reticulation systems, and the inclusion of dual check valves plays a vital role in maintaining the integrity of your water supply. These valves serve as a critical safeguard against backflow, which is the unwanted flow of water from the reticulation system back into the main water supply. 

Dual check valves ensure that water flows in one direction only, preventing any cross-contamination between the reticulation system and the main water supply. These valves feature a built-in mechanism that allows water to flow into the reticulation system but prevents it from flowing back into the main supply. This protective measure provides peace of mind, knowing that the water used for irrigation remains separate from the potable water used for drinking, cooking, and other household purposes.

In addition to protecting water quality, incorporating dual check valves demonstrates a commitment to adhering to local regulations and building codes. Many places require the installation of these valves in reticulation systems to ensure compliance with backflow prevention standards. By incorporating dual check valves into your irrigation system, you not only protect your water quality but also fulfil your civic responsibility in maintaining a safe and reliable irrigation system.

Isolation Tap: Flexible Water Management

Flexibility in water management is a key aspect of an efficient reticulation system, and the isolation tap serves as a valuable tool in achieving this goal. Installed just before the master solenoid, the isolation tap provides an additional shut-off valve for the entire reticulation system. 

The isolation tap offers several advantages in terms of water management and maintenance. Firstly, it provides added control and convenience when it comes to managing water flow. Whether you need to make adjustments to specific zones, conduct maintenance on sprinklers or pipes, or repair components of your reticulation system, the isolation tap allows you to do so without disrupting the water supply to your entire property. This targeted control ensures that you can efficiently address issues while minimising any inconvenience to other areas.

Furthermore, the isolation tap plays a crucial role during system inspections and repairs. When it’s time for routine maintenance or troubleshooting, you can simply shut off the water supply using the isolation tap, allowing you to work in a controlled environment. This reduces the risk of water-related accidents, enhances safety, and streamlines the maintenance process.


Additionally, the isolation tap proves invaluable during seasonal shutdowns or periods of low water demand. For example, during the rainy season or when certain zones of your garden are in a dormant phase, you can shut down the entire reticulation system efficiently, conserving water and avoiding unnecessary watering. This not only promotes water conservation but also contributes to a more sustainable approach to landscaping.

By incorporating the isolation tap into your reticulation system, you gain flexibility and control over water management, allowing you to optimise the efficiency of your irrigation system.

If you don’t have one then you run a huge risk of not being able to turn your system off in the event of a leak or serious issue.

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At Retic Renovation, we understand the importance of a well-designed and properly functioning reticulation system. By incorporating a master solenoid, dual check valves, and isolation tap, we ensure optimal efficiency, water management, and system protection. Our expertise in reticulation installation, repairs, and innovative solutions allows us to offer superior services that elevate your irrigation experience.

The power of a master solenoid lies in its ability to provide centralised control, allowing you to conveniently manage water flow to all zones of your reticulation system. Dual check valves safeguard water quality by preventing backflow and ensuring compliance with regulations. The isolation tap provides flexibility in water management, allowing targeted control and efficient maintenance without disrupting the entire system.

We focus on installing high quality, durable reticulation systems that are not only functional but also make your lawn and garden grow beautifully.

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Luke Porter | Install Sprinkler Heads

Luke Porter

The Director of Retic Renovation is passionate about beautiful healthy lawns and gardens.

I have over 17 years hands-on experience in both landscaping and reticulation service and I’m extremely competent in problem solving, repairs, installation, and product knowledge.