Water softeners are a popular and effective solution to hard water problems in many homes. However, like any household appliance, regular water softener maintenance in Wisconsin is required to keep the system functioning correctly and efficiently. The experts with Aquarius Water Conditioning have some water softener maintenance tips to keep your system in top condition:
Check Salt Levels
One of the most important aspects of water softener maintenance is checking the salt levels. The salt in the system removes the minerals from the water, so if the salt level is too low, the system will not be able to function effectively. Check the salt level in the brine tank regularly and refill it as needed. Use the correct type of salt recommended by the manufacturer.
Clean the Brine Tank
Over time, the brine tank can become dirty and contaminated with sediment and other debris. This can cause the system to function improperly or even stop working altogether. To clean the brine tank, turn off the water and electricity to the system and remove the tank lid. Use a brush or sponge to clean the tank and remove any buildup. Rinse the tank thoroughly before replacing the lid.
Most water softener systems have filters that need to be replaced regularly. These filters remove sediment and other particles from the water before it enters the softening process. The filters can become clogged and less effective, reducing system performance. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations for filter replacement and replace them as needed.
Check for Salt Bridges and Salt Mushing
Salt bridges and salt mushing are two common problems that can occur in water softener systems. Salt bridges happen when a hard crust forms above the water level in the brine tank, preventing the salt from dissolving properly. Salt mushing occurs when the salt forms a sludge at the bottom of the brine tank, preventing the water from adequately mixing with the salt.
To check for these problems, gently use a broom handle or similar tool to prod the salt in the tank. If there is a hard crust or sludge, it will be evident. If these problems occur, clean the brine tank thoroughly.
Check for Leaks
Leaks can occur in any part of a water softener system, including pipes, valves, and tanks. Check for signs of moisture or water damage around the system, and inspect pipes and valves for leaks. Check for leaks regularly and address them promptly to prevent damage to the system or surrounding areas. If you see a leak is detected, call Aquarius Water Conditioning to repair it as soon as possible.
Schedule Professional Maintenance
While homeowners can perform some water softener maintenance tasks, you should schedule professional maintenance regularly. An Aquarius Water Conditioning technician can thoroughly inspect the system, identify potential issues, and perform necessary repairs or maintenance. Schedule maintenance annually or as recommended by the manufacturer.
By turning to professional maintenance when needed, homeowners can keep their water softener system in top condition and enjoy the benefits of soft, high-quality water.
Don’t hesitate to contact Aquarius Water Conditioning whenever the time comes for water softener maintenance in Wisconsin. Schedule service by using our online contact form or giving us a call at (888) 741-9025.