Keeping Your Water Softener Safe While Traveling

If you’re planning to go out of town this winter, you may have concerns about your water softener. You’re likely to have experienced, or heard of friends who returned home to an unpleasant surprise. So, here are some precaution points to ensure that your water softener is kept safe while you’re traveling.Keeping Your Water Softener Safe While Traveling

Should You Drain or Turn off Your Softener?

If you’re leaving town for a couple of weeks, you may wonder whether you need to drain your water softener, but this isn’t necessary. There is no need to completely shut down your device for a break of a couple of weeks. Modern water softeners operate on a regeneration as needed basis, so if you’re not using water, your softener will not be working. Still, if you feel more comfortable, you can turn your softener off when you leave town.

Winterizing Your Softener

If you are planning an extended winter break, your softener will need a full winterization treatment before you leave. If your softener is at your summer home and you’ll be away for several months, you’ll need to make sure that the system is completely drained to prevent it freezing during the cold winter season. It is always best to err on the side of caution and avoid attempting DIY repairs or maintenance, as you could create further issues. Your water treatment professional can assist you with winterizing your softener system if needed.

Dealing With Freezing Temperatures

If you want to keep your softener protected in spells of freezing temperatures you need to think about preparation. A good rule of thumb is that lower thermostat temperatures of 55ºf will be sufficient to prevent your softener and pipes from freezing in a well insulated home. Unfortunately, if your softener is placed in a cooler location such as a basement or garage, you will need to ensure that the appliance is wrapped with insulation. You’ll need to cover the pipes and even the unit itself to provide adequate protection. You should be able to source insulation materials from your local hardware store.

What About Problems When You Return?

If you’re having difficulties with your water softener when you do return home, it is best to err on the side of caution and call in your local water treatment professional. Trying to troubleshoot your device for yourself or attempt any DIY repairs could end up causing more damage. An experienced professional has the skills and expertise to address any issues that may have arisen while you’ve been out of town and get your softener back to optimum functionality in next to no time. If you have concerns about preparing your water softener for an extended out of town trip, consult your water treatment expert for further help and guidance.

If you have concerns about your water softener, you should speak to a water treatment professional. A fully WQA certified water treatment specialist can not only guide you through the range of options on the marketplace, but ensure that your softener is operating at peak efficiency.

By Mark Williams (NicMar President Mark Williams holds degrees in Applied Science and Industrial Thermodynamics, along with Agricultural Mechanization and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University. He also holds the highest possible industry ranking, being WQA (Water Quality Association) LEVEL 6 Certified.)


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