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You can trust Benjamin Franklin Plumbing to make sure your water softening/conditioning system is operating properly. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing is dedicated to ensure your water system is working at its best and you are getting the highest quality water for your family. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing is here to help you with expert water softening/conditioning maintenance.
When Should You Get Your Water Softening/Conditioning System Checked
Hard water carries a surplus of calcium and magnesium. That build-up of minerals can not only affect your plumbing, but can damage appliances too. Hard water leaves a residue on appliances, lowers the efficiency of your water heater and could clog your pipes. Are there water spots left on your dishes, access soap-scum around the tub or do you have overly dry and itchy skin? This could mean your water softening/conditioning system isn’t working properly and it’s time to give Benjamin Franklin Plumbing a call.
Water Softener Maintenance: The 6 Must Do’s
1.) Check the Salt Level Every 4-6 Weeks – Don’t wait until you start noticing the signs of hard water before checking the salt level in your brine tank. By occasionally peeking inside it, you can ward off annoying issues like cloudy glasses and water that won’t get bubbly and soapy while showering or doing the dishes.
A good rule of thumb is to check inside every four to six weeks, but the frequency will vary depending on the type of equipment you have, the hardness of your water and other variables.
2.) Use the Right Kind of Salt – Contrary to popular belief, any old type of salt won’t work in a softener. There are 2 types of salt that water softeners use; cubes and crystals. Although the vast majority of modern softeners use cubes, you shouldn’t assume your does.
3.) Inspect Your Equipment Every Few Months – In addition to periodically checking the salt level of your water softener, make a point of inspecting it more closely every two or three months. You’re mostly going to be looking for a solid buildup of salt in the brine tank. This phenomenon is known as bridging, and it can prevent the salt from making contact with the water. In turn, this prevents the resin beads from being cleaned as needed, and the water fails to get properly softened.
4.) Eliminate Bridges – One benefit to keeping brine tank at a lower level (half full) is less chance of salt crusting because of moisture. If you discover a bridge in your brine tank, use something like a broom handle to break it up. Once one has developed, though, it will recur quickly.
5.) Clean the Brine Tank – Although modern softeners rarely need to be cleaned, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Refer to the owner’s manual to find out the best way to clean your brine tank. Plan on doing this every six to 12 months.
6.) Add a pre-filter – Whether you are on a city or well water feed, there are sediments and “sludge” in the water. Water treatment systems have seals, gaskets and very small ports that can be harmed by particles in the water and can affect the life of your system. We have found that you can add many years to your system and protect the sanitation by adding pre-filtration. This will also benefit chlorine removal inside your home.