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3 Easy Ways To Keep Your Water Softener Clean
Water softeners, while useful, are notoriously hard to clean thoroughly. Read here for three easy ways to always keep your water softener clean and functional.

3 Easy Ways To Keep Your Water Softener Clean

Water softeners are some of the most understated pieces of equipment on the market. They basically hum along and perform their jobs, maintaining your water hardness level and replacing the salt as needed. Although they’re low maintenance, you can use a few simple techniques to improve their efficiency and extend their life. Here are some easy ways to keep your water softener clean.

Break Up Salt Bridges

When a hard crust forms in the brine tank, it leaves an empty area between the water and the salt, preventing the salt from dissolving into the water and producing brine. The resin beads that soften your water can’t do their jobs without the brine. High humidity, temperature variations surrounding the water softener, and utilizing the wrong sort of salt are all common reasons for bridging.

If your salt tank appears full but your water isn’t soft, you may have a salt bridge. The simplest approach to check for a salt bridge is to delicately push on the top of the salt with a stick, applying just enough pressure to break it apart if it has hardened.

Be Selective With Your Salt Choice

Water softener salt comes in three varieties: rock, solar, and evaporated. The cheapest, rock salt, has a larger concentration of insoluble minerals or contaminants. This can lead to a muddy tank over time, reducing the device’s softening efficiency and leaving contaminants in your water. Evaporated salt, which is a mix of mining and evaporation, is the best alternative. With 99.99 percent sodium chloride, this is the purest kind of salt. In general, higher-purity salts will leave less residue in storage tanks, reducing the risk of salt bridges and salt mushing. You can reduce bridging issues by using high-quality salts, especially in pellet form.

Use a Resin Bed Cleaner

Even if your resin beads are regularly recharged by salt, flushing the resin bed with a water softener cleanser every few months will keep it in great shape. Iron, silt, heavy metals, and other organic compounds can clog a water softener over time, reducing its effectiveness. Simply pour the manufacturer’s recommended amount of water softener cleaning solution down the brine well and manually renew the system to limit ineffective resin. The cleanser will subsequently flush out during the water softening cycle’s normal flushing operation.

We hope you have enjoyed our article on the three easy ways to keep your water softener clean. If you’re looking to purchase replacement filter cartridges for your whole-home or under-counter water filtration system, be sure to reach out to Premier H2O today.

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