Maintaining your water system doesn’t have to be a daunting task. It can be pretty easy if you follow these simple tips. We will go over everything from changing the filters to flushing the system. By following these guidelines, you can help keep your water system running smoothly and prevent any costly repairs down the road.
1. Water Filtration System Replacement
If you have a 10″ x 20″ Cartridge type system, replace the water filtration system every two to three years. If you have a 5-inch x 20-inch cartridge or any other type of system, we recommend changing your filters every year. It may seem like a lot right now, but when Bob and Jane move in in a year, you won’t have to worry about changing the filters in their unit.
2. Pour the Waste Down the Drain
Every month or so, pour some water down your system’s drain line to keep it healthy water of debris and sediment; otherwise, it will cause problems over time. Remove your drain plug on your sediment canister or drain valve, pour in some water, and then replace the plug or shut off the valve. For sediment canisters, be sure to hold them over a garbage can while you open up your system’s drain line to keep from spilling all the crud down the drain.
3. Use a Tubing Brush
Once in a while, it’s a good idea to run healthy water through your tubing. It allows you to remove any built-up sediment accumulated over the years and keep your system running smoothly. If you’re too lazy or don’t have time to use this step, remember that sediment in your plans is the number one enemy.
4. Flush Your System
Every year or so, it’s a good idea to flush out your entire water system. It keeps everything going smoothly and saves you money in the long run because the pump doesn’t have to work as hard.
5. Don’t Use Softeners on Your Water System
Adding a softener to your water is a big no-no because it will clog up the resin beads inside the sediment filter, causing your system not to work as intended. However, adding a softener to the tank is just fine, but it’s best to have them plumbed into your home instead of your water system.
6. Removing Scale/Hardness From Your System
There are a few options if you do run into a problem with hard water or scale buildup. If your system is still under warranty, it’s best to contact the company and ask for their advice on this issue. You can also purchase a chemical such as Lime-away or Scale-Out from y our local hardware store and follow the instructions accordingly.
7. Check and Tighten All Plumbing Connections Regularly
The best way to check for leaks is by using a simple Water leak detector. We’re pretty sure you won’t find any savings if your water bill suddenly jumps up to $50 or so, so take the time to check all of your plumbing connections every once in a while to ensure there are no leaks.
If you follow these simple tips, you’ll ensure that your system works properly for many years to come. It’s always good to check with the company that manufactured your system if you’re unsure about something or if you run into an issue.