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How to Conduct Water Softener Maintenance

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We highly recommended anyone living in areas that have amounts of hard water to install a water treatment system called a water softener. The purpose of this system is to lower the amount of minerals present in hard water or even completely strip off all the minerals. Leaving your water supply that has a high content of hard water will cause lime scale build-up on your plumbing fixtures and even clogged some water lines. If you plan on purchasing and installing a new water softener or you already have one, then you need to know how to do maintenance for the device. After all, a well-maintained water softener will function well and have a longer machine life span.

Enough Salt Water for Salt Based Ion Exchange Softener

First things first, you need to know the suggested level required by the manufacturer to ensure the water softener runs properly. This is because different units or models of water softener require varied levels of salt. You shouldn’t allow the salt level to go below the minimum requirements since the device won’t be unable to soften the water due to the lack of salt. You see, the process of salt based ion exchange softeners in softening water is by replacing the mineral content with salt. So if there’s little or no salt, it won’t be able to change the minerals of the water. Having too much salt is also ill-advised since it will cause a salt bridge or build-up that can impair the system.

Cleansing the Tank

The good news is that the tank of the water softener doesn’t need to be cleaned regularly, but if you’re having trouble with the operations of your water softener then maybe you need to do a more thorough clean-up. To clean the tank, it must be first disassembled. You need to use a shop vac (wet/dry vacuum cleaner) to remove the accumulated dirt and debris. Freshen up the tank by rinsing it with clean water. Reassemble the components and you shouldn’t add salt until everything is in place and the softening system is prepared. Take note that this cleaning method is long and tedious. Allocate some time to do a committed cleaning regimen when cleansing the tank.

Inspect the Tank for Salt Build-Ups

It’s quite difficult to know that the tank has a salt build-up until it has deeply debilitated the water softening system. What you can do is to inspect the water softener tank frequently for salt accumulation. If you noticed some salt debris forming, you can easily break it up with a broom handle or any object that can grind down the salt. However, if salt lumps are still forming then you have no other choice but to do an intensive clean-up of the tank.

Follow the Product Manual of the Unit

Not all water softening units are the same so be sure to read the manual of your unit for the instructions in operating the device as well as some troubleshooting guides. There will probably be recommendations on what type of salt you need to use and among other instructions.