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Winter Maintenance For Your Water Softener

November 18, 2022 | Blog

As a homeowner, you’re bound to experience a plumbing issue in your house at some point. However, these problems frequently occur during the winter season! While cold temperatures aren’t ideal for your pipes, they can also damage your water-softening system.

If you’re worried about your plumbing system, have no fear! Norman Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing aims to take care of your Norman water softener throughout the winter. Read ahead to learn how to winterize your water softener and what it can help prevent!

How Cold Weather Affects Your Water Softener

Your water softener filters minerals out of your water source, preventing buildup and residue from forming in your pipes. The hard water passes through a tank that traps minerals using ion exchange. Cold temperatures cause fluid in this tank to freeze, increasing the possibility of your pipes bursting.

If your pipes crack or corrode, you may experience flooding in your home. Your system can also grow damaged beyond repair, calling for a replacement. These issues are not only a hassle — they are also quite expensive. Winter maintenance can prevent these problems and protect your water softener from harm!

Preparing Your Water Softener For Winter

Your plumbing system is a household necessity! As a homeowner, you’re responsible for maintaining its components year-round. You’ll need to prepare your water softener for winter to lower its risk of damage. A few ways you can winterize your system are:

Provide Heat And Insulation

Your water-softening system may need extra heat if you plan to use it during the winter. Since water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit, your system needs to stay above this temperature!

A space heater can keep the machinery warm, preventing an inconvenient freeze. You can also insulate your pipes for additional protection using an insulation wrap.

If you’re away from home during the winter, you may want to leave your central heating system on. A space heater should be used with caution and supervision. The slight increase in your energy bill is more cost-efficient than a broken whole-home water softener.

Drain The Tank

You can drain your water softener tank if you don’t plan to use it for the winter. This process ensures that there is no fluid in the tank that can freeze.

Draining the tank can be a lengthy process, but it will prevent any standstill water from causing damage to your unit. A professional plumber can assist you with the draining process.

Allow Water To Run

Water has a difficult time freezing if it’s moving! Allowing water to drip from your faucets reduces the risk of your pipes bursting. This method is helpful if you’re not at home and protects the system in your absence.

Contact Us For Norman Winter Water Softener Maintenance

Your Oklahoma plumbing system is an essential part of your home! The Norman Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing technicians aim to keep your water softener in tip-top shape! When cold temperatures arise, it’s essential to monitor your plumbing components. Contact us today to learn how you can winterize your water softener and keep it in excellent condition!

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