Water Softener Repairs
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What Are Water Softeners?
Water softeners filter out minerals, like calcium and manganese, to get rid of your home’s hard water. During the softening process, sodium is added to the water. After installation, salt must be added to the softener once every month to ensure the highest-quality of softened water.
Water Softener Repairs and Replacement
All water softeners work in the same way. Cold water flows into a tank, which contains resin beads that the hard water minerals stick to as they pass through the tank. This allows only soft water to pass through the system. Over time, the resin beads can no longer hold any more minerals, and a cleaning is required.
A system recharge occurs on a preset schedule. The water softener will recharge so that the flow of the incoming freshwater is stopped while saltwater from the brine tank cleans the resin beads.
Once your softener reaches the age of 10 to 15 years old, you will find it difficult to repair by yourself. Some parts will be hard to find, and older units may not have been built to easily allow access to troublesome areas that can fail.
That’s when you need the certified plumbers at Alpine Plumbing and Rooter. It’s always best to consult with an experienced plumber when you believe that your water softener is failing.
How Do You Know if your System is Failing?
Water softeners can fail in different ways. Most of the time, when a softener fails, it stops softening the water. You may notice that your dishes become cloudy or that it’s taking a lot more soap to create suds to get things clean. If you’re not putting as much salt in the brine tank as often as you used to, that’s just another sign that your water softener system is failing.
How Long Do Water Softeners Last?
Signs Your House Needs a Water Softener
The best way to determine if you need a water softener is to have your water tested. To find out the hardness of the water.
Hard Water Stains
Hard water contains dissolved minerals and metals that can create stubborn stains on your sinks, toilets, and bathtubs. These stains are white and scaly. You may mistake them for dishwasher soap build-up. However, if you notice any of the other signs of hard water, you can bet that the problem is caused by a faulty water softener.
Mineral deposits can build up on your pots, teakettles, dinnerware, and cutlery. If this happens, you are left with a hard, chalky film that is difficult to remove. Scale can also build up on inside appliances that use water, like dishwashers and washing machines, along with your plumbing system. This could lead to expensive repairs.