Rodent Watering Installation

Rodent Watering System Installation Guide

Step 1: Cut black tubing to appropriate length for cages and push the tubing into the Tee Barbed Fittings.
Step 2: Push the tubing on to the Tee Barbed Fittings. If the tubing is too tight to slip on easily the tubing end can be warmed SLIGHTLY with a lighter to temporarily soften it.
Step 3: Slide the barbed connection of the drinking valve through hole in the Valve Clip.
Step 4: Squeeze the clip into the cage wire in a location where it can be easily reached by the animal but not get litter in the valve.

Step 5: If the supply line will be accessible to the rodents through the wire you will need to use the standoff clips to keep the line far enough away from the wire they can not chew it. Do not underestimate your rodents ability to get at the line!

Along areas not accessible by rodents we recommend a clamp loop roughly every 18" to secure your lines and give your rack that "Pro" look.

Step 6: Extend additional short length 3/16" Flex-Tubing from the bottom of the Tee Barbed Fitting down to the drinking valve.
Step 7: Attach the drain to the end of the supply line at the bottom of your rack. The drain will simplify the air bleeding process during start up and allow you to periodically flush the lines to prevent bacteria buildup.
Step 8: If a shutoff is desired for the entire system or individual rows the supply line can be cut and the valve(s) inserted.
Step 9: Connect your supply reservoir to the main supply line. You will want to have enough line to elevate the reservoir 12"-36" above the highest point in your rack. This ensure proper water pressure in your system.
Step 10: Add water to the reservoir. If you installed a drain at the end of the line open it to bleed the air out of the lines. Once you see water coming out of the drain, close it. You can also accomplish this by removing the last drinking valve temporarily.
Step 11: Now you will need to adjust the individual drinking valves. They can be tightened or loosened to adjust how easily they provide water when you depress the shaft in the center. You want water to flow easily when the shaft is depressed and completely stop when you release it. Take your time and get them right, it will save you a lot of leaks later!
Step 12: Install rodents! Remember to regularly check the operation of the system and all of the valves. This is best done during tub cleaning. Adjust valves as needed. We also suggest you run a gallon of a very light bleach solution (1 cap full/gallon of water) through the entire system monthly using your drain valve. Follow that with a gallon of clean fresh water before refilling your system. Clean lines mean less clogs, leaks and healthier rodents.