Our Houston, TX plumbers remind you to take care of your water softener. Follow these maintenance tips to keep your unit in the best working order all year long:
First you must decide which salt to use, and in this case, you generally get what you pay for. There are three types to choose from; rock salt, solar salt and evaporated salt. Rock salt is the cheapest, but it also has the most minerals and will result in more frequent cleanings. Solar salt is the next step up in price and it is the most common. Evaporated salt is the most expensive, but also the best quality.
We recommend checking the salt levels monthly. If it is a new system, it’s best to check the levels every two weeks until you are sure of the amount that is necessary. If the level reaches a dangerous low, you may harm the unit. So, if you’re worried about low levels, you can fill it up as many times as you like.
Brine Tank –
The rule of thumb is to inspect this every three to four months, however, if you use rock salt it’s best to check every two to three months. Once the salt levels have reached one-third of the tank, inspect the walls of the brine tank to see if there is any salt residue. If you do see buildup, turn off the unit then take out the tank and clean it thoroughly with soap and water. Then simply refill the salt, replace the tank and turn the water softener on again.
Area Conditions –
Humidity can cause the salt to get stuck in the top of the tank and not fall into the unit. If you live in a humid climate, or the water softener is in a humid area, we recommend keeping lower salt levels in the tank. If this does happen in your unit, use a mop or broom handle to push the salt to the bottom.
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If you perform these maintenance tasks recommended by our Houston, TX plumbers, you reduce the risk of having to foot the bill for a costly water softener replacement. That means there is more money in your pocket and it will continue to soften your family’s water for years to come!
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