Hard water can be a big problem. It can end up causing issues with your pipes, plumbing fixtures, and even your skin and hair. Up to 85% of Americans have hard water, and many of them are looking for solutions.
The best solution for most is to install a water softening system. This system can completely transform the water in your home, extending the life of your pipes, faucets, and more. However, having a water softening system installed means you will need to work to maintain it.
Is it a lot of work? No, not really. In general, these systems require minimal maintenance and will last decades. However, you will still want to check yours regularly and complete maintenance when needed.
Start with the Salt Level
The first thing to check is the salt level in your system. The amount you need will vary by system, so consult your manual before you check. It is important that you always have the right amount in your system as it is the salt that regenerates the resin beads that soften the water.
Add Salt if Needed
Be careful not to oversalt. Treat it like you would a recipe, and measure carefully. And know which type of salt you should use; you should not simply grab the salt shaker for this. Your manual should specify what type of salt to use: tablet, granular, or block. If you cannot find which type you should use, consult a plumber.
Break Up Salt Bridges
If you notice any formations within your system, break them up immediately and schedule a cleaning. It is best that you have a professional perform the cleaning as an ineffective cleaning will simply allow the salt bridges to form over and over again, causing problems for your system.
You should have your system cleaned 1-2 times a year no matter what. This ensures that there is no buildup and allows the plumber to ensure everything is working optimally. This is not a long or expensive process and it is a good investment in your home.
Inspect Your System Every 2-3 Months
Even if you opt for twice a year cleanings, you still need to personally check on your water softening system every 2-3 months. Problems can arise between cleanings, and the sooner you catch them, the better it will be for your home and your budget. Follow the steps above each time, and you should have a water softening system that performs well and lasts decades into the future?
Prefer to Use a Professional?
Then call us at BCPSI. We are happy to take care of your water softening system for you. We can schedule regular checks every 2-3 months to ensure no problems are developing, and schedule service twice a year to clean your system and make sure it is running at its very best. We are water softening system experts; there is no other team you should turn to. Give us a call today.