Is it necessary to maintain a water softener?

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Having hard water can be rough on your skin, hair and leave residue on your dishes. You’ll need to have water softeners installed in your home in order to remove the hard water deposits in your water system. 

However, once it is installed, your water softener unit must be maintained annually, or bi-annually. If you’re not sure if yours needs maintenance or not, here are some things to look out for 

  1. Does the salt in your unit taste like salt still? If not, it’s time to replace the salt in your water softener with fresh salt. 
  2. Do your pipes have a salty taste? Your system might need extra salt because the previous supply ran out. 
  3. Is water coming out of the tap, or are your appliances getting clogged with calcium deposits? If so, your water softener might not be working. 
  4. Is your system making noise? Some systems can make a gurgling sound when it is low in salt.

These are just some of the signs to look out for if you want to know whether or not your water softener needs maintenance. If you want to schedule a tune-up or have salt added, give Lone Star Water Services a call at 512-805-1220! We’re here to help with all your water softener needs.

How To Test Your Water Softener?

Can I test my own water softener unit? This is a ubiquitous question we are asked again and again. As the best water softener expert in Texas, we suggest that you let our expert test the system in order to get accurate results of what’s going on.

Our expert can help with a few tests if you’re not sure. Here’s what they will look for: 

 1) Appearance of the brine solution.

The first thing they’ll do is check the appearance of the brine solution. It should be clear and not cloudy.

If the water softener has been in use for at least two months, it should also have noticeable salt sediment on the bottom of the brine tank. 

2) The efficiency & operating speed of your system.

Our experts will check how well your home’s water softener removes calcium and magnesium from your water. Different softeners use various methods to do this. 

Still, all water softeners remove these minerals by passing the water through resin beads that attract the calcium and magnesium particles. Then, they re-attract them in a brine solution. 

Next, the solution flow is tested to ensure it’s between 10 to 15 gallons per minute. The operating speed of the softener is also checked, which should be a minimum of 5 minutes, but no more than 30 minutes. 

3) It’s condition.

We will check how well your home’s water softeners work together by testing how hot your water heater can get, and how long it takes to deliver hot water. They will look for details like how often the water heater turns on, and compare it to the increased demand or figure out if it’s just short cycling. 

4) Water usage patterns.

If you’re looking to save money on your utility bills, we will check out your home’s current patterns in terms of water usage. 

We’ll figure out whether or not adjustments could be made to reduce the amount of water flow or water supply your home uses. This includes checking out how often your toilets are used and if you’re running any appliances that use a lot of water at once. 

Hire The Best Water Softener Experts In Texas!

Water softeners unquestionably are a great way to reduce the amount of hardness in your water, but with a bit of regular maintenance. By calling Lone Star Water Services experts to test your water softener at home, you can ensure that it’s working correctly and keeping your family safe. 

We at Lone Star Water Services offer various services to help you keep your water softener system running smoothly, so don’t hesitate to call us today at 512-805-1220!


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