If you’ve done any research on water softeners, you’ve come to realize that there are a lot of choices when it comes to selecting a water softener for your home. In making the purchase decision, you can be sure you’re getting a top-notch water conditioner that has gone through rigorous testing and meets industry standards when you see the UPC Symbol.
What does International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) R&T UPC Symbol Mean?
Besides adding salt to your softener and occasionally cleaning out the brine tank, most water softener manufacturers recommend that you service your softener annually.
4 Reasons to Annually Call A Professional
The annual service visit is important for a few reasons:
Cleaning & Upkeep:
During the annual service call, a water treatment professional can recharge your resins and clean out your brine tank. They can also check for salt bridging in the brine tank and sanitize your system, when needed.
Having your water softener serviced annually ensures the valve settings are optimized to save you money. For example, if your family size has changed because a child went away to college, you probably are now using less water. Your local water treatment specialist can adjust your valve settings so that your softener regenerates less frequently. Note that the valve on many water conditioners, including WaterTech’s Reionator, calculates and regenerates based off of consumption, so there may not be a need to adjust settings.
Like any appliance, your softener has moving parts and o-rings that wear out with time, and need replacement. Your softener’s valve may also need servicing or maintenance.
When you install a softener, you invest financially to have great water and you want to protect your investment by maintaining it properly. Proper maintenance will enable you to enjoy the benefits of soft water for years to come. Remember, a softener saves you money by reducing detergent and soap usage, as well as protecting water-using appliances in your home like your hot water heater, dishwasher and washing machine.
A professional can keep your system in top shape which will help extend the life of your water conditioner.
In addition to the above, a water treatment professional can test your water to make sure that the constituents in your water have not changed in the past year. Even if you receive your water from a public water suppier, changes at your local municipal plant can alter the water coming into your home. Based on water test results, a professional can modify your system settings, install a prefilter, or whatever is needed to ensure you continue to have outstanding water flowing into your home. And for well water, storm runoff and farming herbicides can seep into groundwater, thus, annual water testing is highly recommended.
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