Home water softeners are now standard home appliances throughout Ireland and other nations with hard water. Since it is a common home appliance, it will be to your advantage to know how to operate one. This saves you the trouble of calling in a pro to help you use or trouble shoot your softening system read this.
Most home softening systems follow similar operations and installations with just a few differences. Generally, all softeners will have compartment where you place the salt/sodium or potassium. They also have a brine tank, resin tank, a main valve, and a bypass valve.
The main valve distributes softened water throughout your plumbing system, and a bypass valve is used when you do maintenance work so you do not have to shut off the water in your home. The brine tank is where you place water to be softened. Softening systems also have a control panel.
To start using home water softeners, you will need to fill the brine tank with water. The amount of water will depend on the size of your softening appliance. Check the manual for the recommended water level. If you’ve lost the printed manual, you can go online to search for the online version from the retailer’s website.
Now, decide if you will use sodium or potassium to soften your water. Sodium is more common and less expensive than potassium. But people with heart problems kidney disease and high blood pressure are recommended to use potassium to soften their water. Too much sodium or salt is bad for people with heart and kidney disease.
If you decide to use potassium instead of salt, be careful about putting too much. Just pour in one bag of potassium in your softening system. Putting too much potassium can actually do the opposite and make your water harder, forming a bridge over the water that interrupts the softening process. If this happens, get a stick to break the bridge in the machine.
The next step is to go to the control panel and set the date and time. You should also set the correct hardness level of your water to make the machine work more efficiently. If you do not know your water’s hardness level, you can get a test kit at a hardware store and test your water yourself. If your water has a lot of iron in it, raise the hardness level by 5 for every 1ppm.