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Winter Maintenance For Your Water Softener

January 31, 2023 | Blog

Your plumbing needs your attention for the winter season. To keep your pipes working for the cold months, you will want to make sure it doesn’t freeze over. What you and many other Edmond homeowners can do is winterize your water softener. Whether you’re maintaining a water system in your current home or a vacation home, Hi-Tech Plumbing & Leak Detect wants to share steps you can take to take care of your water softener.

Keep Using Your Water Softener This Winter

Homeowners should get winter water softener maintenance on the homes they plan on staying in year-round. To avoid emergency maintenance, you should prepare your plumbing for any freezing temperatures. Take steps to prepare your water softener so it stays warm when the temperatures drop and keep water flowing through your pipes. To winterize the water softener you will keep using, follow these steps:

  • Locate your water softener
  • Cut pipe insulation wrap to fit around your pipes securely
  • Wrap the insulation around one pipe so that it covers completely
  • Secure the wrap using tape or zip ties
  • Wrap each pipe that is running to and from your water softener

Insulation wrap will keep cold temperatures out of your pipes. This ensures that water will continue flowing through your pipes without freezing. You’ll get the most out of your plumbing when you take care of your water softener.

Shutting Down A Water Softener Over The Winter

If you have a vacation home or plan to travel for the winter, you will want to shut down your water softener before it freezes. Any pipes that freeze over could leave further damage after they defrost in the spring. For instance, your pipes could crack or separate from the water system. It could also lead to leaks and flood your home while you’re away.

Disconnecting your water supply is the best way to prevent damage. Here are the steps to take when you want to shut down your water softener:

  • Turn off your water supply and release pressure in the system by turning on a bathroom or kitchen faucet.
  • Disconnect your water softener from the system and open the valve.
  • Empty the water out of the collection tank using a bucket, a siphon or a wet/dry vacuum.
  • Power down the system by disconnecting the power source.
  • Disconnect the system completely from any remaining inlets or outlets.
  • Cover all openings to protect your unit from dirt and pests.

If you follow these steps, your water softener will stay safe and ready to use in the spring. Winterizing your water softeners will protect your home from pipe and flood damage.

Looking To Winterize Your Water Softener?

If you are looking for winter water softener maintenance, Hi-Tech Plumbing & Leak Detect can help. We provide services to keep your water softener and any other plumbing in your home running like it should. To keep your home safe from emergency maintenance, contact Hi-Tech to schedule your service!

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