Tips on How to Maintain Your Water Softening System

dms-softenermaintenance-smLas Vegas, like many cities around the United States has abrasive “hard” water. Currently, Hard Water affects 85% of household and it carries high levels of Calcium and Magnesium which leads to lime scale build-up. A water softener can be a vital household appliance and we highly advise doing proper maintenance so it functions optimally, especially since replacing a system can get costly.

Here are some tips to maintain a water softening system in Las Vegas.

  1. Check the Salt Level: The salt regenerates the resin beads to prepare the water for more softening and therefore checking the salt level is essential to an efficient system. Ignoring this, would make your system ineffective.
  2. Add Salt Regularly: Each system varies on the amount of salt and therefore we recommend reading up on the user’s manual as to the amount of salt required. As a general rule, salt should be added if the level is under half-full.
  3. Know What Kind of Salt to Add: In general, a water softener system uses three types of salt: Tablet, Granular, Block. You can find this information out by reading your user’s manual. Tablet salt is generally the most common type of salt used, because it dissolves most easily and won’t build up sediment in the brine tank.
  4. Regular Inspection is Key: Make sure to check your system every 2 – 3 months for one key sign: a solid build-up of salt in the brine tank. This is ‘bridging’, and means that the salt may not be coming into contact with the water, stopping the resin beads from regenerating, and therefore not softening the supply.
  5. Break Up Salt Bridges: If you notice any salt bridges, break them up using a long brook handle. Once a bridge has formed for the first time, this will continually happen at a much faster rate, so a thorough clean should be carried out as soon as possible.
  6. Maintain by Cleaning The Brine Tank: Most systems require cleaning every 6 to 12 months. If you have a traditional electrical system, then make sure to clean every 3 to 4 months. The best practice is to clean your system by draining it empty, and the cleaning it every 12 months. The latest non-electric, block salt softeners requires little to maintenance for the first 5 to 10 years depending on its warranty.

If you would like your water softening system cleaned and maintained, please give us a call: 702-353-7335

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