As the demand for water softeners continue to grow, more people are trying to learn more about how it works, its costs and maintenance, and most importantly how long it can last.
Researching how long a water softener can last is a very important step you need to take before you purchase one for your home. It allows you to decide whether this device is for you or not even if you have the budget and all other things fall in place.
This is because when you buy a high quality water softener, it can last you several years provided you care for it and maintain it properly. While this is important, you have to also put into consideration how heavy you intend to use it and the brand you are choosing also come into play.
Fortunately, you can get all these things right - and enjoy your device for a long time - when you properly analyze your needs and do your research properly.
The water softener often comes with a tank that is filled with resin beads coated with sodium ions.
Since hard water usually contains magnesium and calcium ions, the sodium ions act as a magnet in attracting magnesium and calcium ions as the hard water passes through the tank.
After a period, the sodium ions are weakened as a result of the presence of magnesium ions and needs to be recharged. This cycle continues and is often termed ‘regeneration cycle’.
The tank usually has a control valve located at the top area, which is used to initiate this process.
Generally, water softeners last a good number of years with minimal maintenance but when you are concerned about effectiveness of the system throughout its lifespan, you have to do more than just minimal upkeep — you have to care for it.
When caring for your water softener system, you have to conduct regular checkups as well as cleaning and tidying up. This will ensure that you get more service years from the system.
Another point to note is that a topnotch water softener can last 5 to 10 years without any cleaning but noticeable difference in the level of water softness can be seen between a system that is regularly cleaned and one that is not.
Even if you are not capable of regular cleanup, doing it annually will go a long way to prolong the lifespan of your device.
Before you start the cleaning, you have to empty the tank. When emptying it, use the bypass valve to stop water intake and after getting all the water out, you need to get rid of the salt in the tank too.
Unless you have another solution, an effective way of sanitizing the tank is to use bleach and let it sit in the tank for a few minutes or hours if you have time.
Now you are ready to wash the tank with soap and rinse it with clean, fresh water. Make sure you properly rinse the tank so that no residue of soap remains. After that, refill the tank with salt and turn off the bypass valve.