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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Lead contamination is a growing concern throughout the nation and how lead can be removed from drinking water is a question we’re often asked.
Since the incident in Flint, Michigan brought the national spotlight on lead, a number of other cities have since found excessive levels of lead contamination in their water supplies. Read more
Perhaps you own a water softener, but are wondering if a pre-filter should be installed before your softener? Or perhaps you’re considering installing a water softener but want to get it right from the get go?
Depending on the quality of water coming into your home—a pre-filter may indeed be what you need!
When it comes to water, there is plenty of scary news about water-related issues. For example, in May 2014, 670,000 Oregonians were advised to boil their water after testing revealed the presence of E. coli. Then a few months later, more than 400,000 residents in Toledo, Ohio were told not to consume, cook with or even boil their water after a toxin called microcystin was found in the water supply.
Some in the water treatment industry pounce on these scenarios, using “scare tactics” to sell their systems. Here are four ways to avoid being pushed into a purchase when it comes to water treatment products.
“Good, better, BEST. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.” – Tim Duncan, NBA All-Star
This good-better-best mantra can be applied to most everything in life. Even WATER.
Yes, there is a way to have GOOD water in your home. But let’s talk about how to have BETTER or even the BEST quality water possible.
Is Your Water Spooky? Do You Know What’s in Your Tap Water?
Halloween might be right around the corner, but no “tricks” here. We want to talk seriously about the aesthetics of your water. Perhaps your senses have alerted you that something is amiss in your H2O?
It’s nothing life threatening. But you are wondering why you’re seeing “floaties” and “suspendies” in your water? Or you’re smelling something similar to rotten eggs? Or you’re noticing red staining in the sink?
First off, rest assured that all municipal water systems in the United States that serve more than 25 customers must comply with federal Safe Water Drinking Act regulations. Your water municipality is required to regularly test the water to ensure potentially harmful contaminants are not passed on to customers. At the same time, your water may still not taste, smell or look the way you want. Let’s discuss some issues you may have.
So you’ve heard some of your neighbors talking about how the nitrate levels in your area are high, and now they’ve got you worried. You’re wondering how nitrates get into the water? How much nitrate is too much? And how can it be removed?
Today we celebebrate new discoveries. More than 500 years ago, Columbus sailed across great waters to discover the Americas. We raise our glass in toast of other great discoveries today, too –discoveries in drinking water! Specifically, the discovery of “Reverse Osmosis” (commonly known as RO) technology that now allows millions of homes to have great-tasting DRINKING WATER right at their kitchen tap.
Update 15 Oct 2014:
Governor Deal of Georgia has been making headlines recently after his comment, “I heard…that water kills the Ebola virus. I’ve never heard that before. I thought it was something that was so contagious there wasn’t much you could do to prevent it or anything else, so her advice was ‘wash your hands.'” (Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal)
Critics are quick to point out that water does NOT kill Ebola. Although research indicates that Ebola won’t live long in water as water is not a very rich medium to host the virus, Ebola is more effectivley “killed” with a chlorine bleach and water solution prescribed on the World Health Organization’s website.
Make Life Simple!
If you’re currently paying for a drinking water delivery service or hauling water jugs home from the store each week…SIMPLIFY LIFE and have a REVERSE OSMOSIS (RO) water filtration system installed.
An RO system can be installed at your kitchen sink in minutes. With a handy water spicket installed at the sink (RO can be tied into your fridge water line, as well) most families find they start drinking more water and less of the high-sugar content expensive drinks.