An effective method to get rid of hard or abrasive water is by installing a water softener. This is an extremely important device for those who have water supplies that contain hard water. As with any plumbing equipment, maintenance is key to prolong the life expectancy and functionality. Here are some pointers on how to maintain your water softening system.

Sufficient Salt Supply

Most water softeners function with the help of salt. The salt is an important of the process as it’s used to replace the mineral content present in hard water. In order for the water softener to function at peak levels, it should have a sufficient salt level.

Rule of thumb is to add salt if ever the salt level is below half the tank. However, it’s important to note that the salt required for the water softener to operate may differ from each model. Refer to the manual given by the manufacturer. It’s kind of a hassle to always check the salt levels but you really to do this in order for your water softener to be in good working condition.


Use the Right Type of Salt

Using the wrong type of salt can make the water softening process less effective and can cause salt bridges(more on salt bridges later on). Generally, there are three types of salt used, these are: block, granular, and tablet. It’s the tablet salt that’s mostly applied but you must refer to the guidelines or manual of your water softener to determine what type of salt you should use.


Clean the Water Softener Frequently

Salt bridge forms when there is a rapid change of water, using the wrong salt, and no cleaning maintenance. Having a salt bridge is the last thing you want in your water softening system as it hinders the salt from liquefying, which in turn, slows the process. A quick fix for salt bridges is by breaking it down with the use of a broom handle or any object that’s capable of collapsing the bridge. However, this is just a short term solution; you need to clean the water softener thoroughly.

The brine tank should also be meticulously cleaned and maintained. Most units require cleaning maintenance around six to twelve months. There are also water softeners that don’t require much upkeep, especially the latest models. You need to refer to the manual to have an idea on when you should clean and maintain your water softener.


Maintenance Check

It’s recommended that you have a maintenance check for your water softener every two to three months. Check if there are any salt bridges that are forming or if the system is still functioning well. If you feel that your DIY check-up wasn’t enough then you need an expert on water softeners. You can contact reputable water conditioning companies to examine your water softener. It’s also important to let a plumber check the plumbing lines of your water softener.