Not all water is created equal. Water can be hard, meaning it contains high concentrations of calcium and magnesium carbonates, or soft, containing low levels of these minerals. Hard water can cause a build-up of unwanted minerals in your plumbing, appliances, and fixtures. A good way to combat this is with a water softener. While water softeners effectively eliminate hard water, they can be costly and require regular maintenance. Here are some tips on extending your water softener’s life.
Check the Brine Tank Regularly
The brine tank is where the salt used to regenerate your water softener is stored. It’s important to check this tank regularly for proper maintenance and performance. You should use a broom handle to stir the salt, which will help prevent the formation of clumps. If you notice that your brine tank is empty, add the correct amount of salt.
If you notice any signs of wear on your brine tank, it’s important to replace it as soon as possible. It’s also important to ensure that the brine tank’s water level is correct.
Inspect and Clean the Resin Bed Regularly
The resin bed is an important component of your water filtration system. It binds the minerals in hard water and transforms them into harmless ions. Over time, the resin bed can become clogged with minerals. That’s why inspecting and cleaning the resin bed regularly is important.
Ensure the Water Filters Are Clean
Your water softener has a filter to prevent dirt and debris from entering the system. Make sure you replace or clean these filters regularly. If the filters become clogged, it can reduce the effectiveness of your water softener. The water filters should also be checked for any signs of wear or corrosion, and replaced as necessary.
Test the Water Regularly
It’s important to test the water from your water filtration system regularly. This will help determine if the water is functioning correctly and is also a good way to detect any issues with your water softener. You can use a home testing kit to check the hardness of the water, or you can have your local water treatment professional test the water for you.
Handle Repairs Promptly
It’s important to handle repairs promptly regarding your drinking water system. If you notice any signs of wear or malfunctioning, it’s important to address the issue immediately. This will help ensure that your water softener is running smoothly and efficiently. The cost of repairs can be greater if you wait too long, so it’s best to address any issues as soon as they arise.
Use High-Quality Salt
The type of salt you use in your drinking water system is important. Using a high-quality, low-sodium salt for your water softener is best. This will help ensure that your water softener is running efficiently and effectively. It’s also important to ensure you’re using the correct amount of salt for your water softener.
By following these tips, you can extend the life of your water softener. Regular maintenance and care are essential for keeping your water softener in peak condition. Coastal Energy Water and Air is a trusted resource for water treatment needs. We have decades of experience in providing high-quality water treatment services, and we can help you extend the life of your water softener. Contact Coastal Energy Water and Air today for more information!