If you have a home water softener, you will need to do some minor maintenance to keep it operating correctly and softening water as it should. Regular care will prevent problems that compromise the unit’s ability to soften water properly. Plus, units with filtration systems will also need filter replacements to keep the water tasting better. Once you take care for your water softener a habit, it will be easier to keep up with the task and extend the life of your home’s water treatment system.
Read the Directions for Care for Your Specific Unit
Make sure to read the instructions that come with your specific water softening unit or ask the technician installing it. Differences in models will determine the frequency and amount of salt to add to the system. For example, at Oceanus, we offer different water-softer sizes that require different amounts of salt. The DR-70 model requires 11.5 pounds of salt with each cycle. However, if you have the DR-90 version, you will need one pound more of salt, 12.5 pounds per regeneration cycle.
Another aspect to check from the instructions is the recommended type of salt. Options include block salt, granular, and tablets. Even within the most common category, granular, you have choices that come from the production of the salt–rock, solar and evaporated. Using the wrong type of salt could reduce the softener’s ability to perform as expected.
Stock Up on Extra Salt to Have on Hand for Refills
Make sure that you have enough salt on hand to refill the system each regeneration cycle. Depending on your family and its water use, you may need to replenish the salt every two to three weeks. However, if you have a newer, more efficient model or a smaller family, you may only need to replace the salt every six to eight weeks. Having salt on hand for impromptu refilling can reduce the unexpected trips to the store you need to make for softener salt.
Know If You Need to Replace Your Filter
Some water softeners have filtration systems included. Consult with your installer about replacing filters in these types of water softeners to maintain the desired quality of your tap water.
Maintain a Regular Refill Schedule to Avoid Problems
If you have a water softener, set a reminder on your phone to check the salt level once a week. A weekly habit is harder to forget than a monthly chore. Plus, many water softeners work on an as-needed basis, which means they don’t have a set refill schedule.
Only add more salt if the level in the tank is below halfway. Do not overfill it or you could create salt bridges, which prevent the system from correcting hard water. Break up the salt in the tank with a long wooden dowel or broom handle to remove bridges or mush that can block water from passing through the tank properly.
Start with Professional Installation of Your Home Water Softener with Oceanus
The best way to care for your water softener is by starting off with a professional installation of the system. Contact us at Oceanus for water softeners with or without filtration, reverse osmosis systems, and salt-free conditioners. We can also help you to learn more about how to care for your home water softener to keep it running for as long as possible.