Water softeners make a big difference to the homes they’re installed in. They remove the mineral elements in hard water that damage fixtures, dry out skin, and waste water. Once you have a water softener installed in your home, you should take good care of it. Here are six of the best ways to do that. Following these tips will help you extend the life and usefulness of your water softener by years.
Check the salt levels inside your brine tank at least once a month.
Salt is required for a successful water softener. It regenerates the tank’s resin beads so they can successfully take on the softening process. Depending on the size of your particular softener, you’ll have different salt needs.
Look inside your manual to see what the guidelines are for your particular tank. Typically, the tank is going to want to be at least half full of salt. The salt should rise at least three inches above the water level.
Make sure you know what kind of salt your tank needs.
This is more information that can be found in the manual, but it’s important. Not all salt is the same. There are three main varieties that are used for water softeners: rock salt, tablet salt, and block salt.
Granular salt is most commonly used because of how easily it dissolves. Make sure you’re adding the right variety of salt so you can avoid clogging the tubes or tank.
Don’t let salt bridges form.
This is the best thing you can do when it comes to regular DIY home water softener maintenance. A salt bridge is a solid layer of sludge that forms inside your softener when salt mixing with water inside the softener.
Once per week, use a long broom handle or similar apparatus to break up buildup inside the tank. Push it down and break up any solids that have formed. Continue breaking up salt collections until they’re small enough to dissolve.
Schedule regular cleanings.
There’s no point in having a water softener if it doesn’t work. A modern device can go between five and seven years in-between cleanings.
If you have an older softener, however, you should have professional technicians clean it at least once per year.
Exercise the valves.
Perform the following maintenance once per month. Use the bypass valve to temporarily cut off the softener from the water supply. Then, twist the intake and outtake valves into the ‘off’ position and back.
This is just “oiling the gears”, so to speak. Rotating the valves helps keep them working properly. It also helps you figure out if there are valve leaks or problems before it gets too late.
Clean the valve between the brine and resin tanks.
Assemble, clean, and re-assemble the nozzle and venturi valves between the two tanks once per year. Follow your softener’s manual instructions. These valves are integral to making sure your system regenerates successfully. Professionals can also clean the tank easily and effectively.
If you need help installing, cleaning, or maintaining your water softener, call the pros at Ben Franklin Plumbing. We’ll get your water softener installed and working effectively in no time flat.