How To Clean Water Softener Parts Easily?
Most homeowners have discovered the secret that lies in cleaning their water softening units regularly.
This helps keep your unit executing its intended job perfectly well, prevents potential malfunctions, and extends the lifespan of your unit.
So, how do you effectively clean the different parts of your water softener to keep it healthy and functional?
Come with me as I show you the easiest way to do this and get the best results…
Before we get into the details, these are the key components that require regular cleaning:
1. Brine tank
2. Resin bed
3. Venturi valve
Let’s see how you can clean each of them:
1. Brine Tank
The brine tank is probably one of the most important parts of your water softener. It is where you add the salt that actually removes the ions that cause hardness in your water.
Let’s see how you can easily and effectively clean this compartment:
- Obviously, you’ll need to turn off your water softener first
- Get the tank to a lower level so that you can easily empty all the water and salt inside it. You’ll need this salt again, so you can just throw it away
- Next, remove the brine grid sitting at the bottom of the tank and set it aside to facilitate a hassle-free cleaning
- Pour around 1-2 gallons of soapy water into the brine tank and thoroughly scrub its interior with the help of a long handheld brush.
- Empty all the remaining soapy water in the tank and rinse it with plain/clean water
- Sanitize the tank by pouring in a ¼ cup of your household bleach followed by 2-3 gallons of water. Stir and allow the mixture to settle for up to 15 minutes to fully sanitize the tank
- Finally, thoroughly rinse out the bleach using clean water. Put the grid back to the bottom of the tank and refill your tank with the right amount of salt and water
NOTE: After refilling, give your tank a few hours before starting a regeneration process. This is important as it gives the salt enough time to dissolve.
2. Resin Tank
Cleaning the resin tank is also equally important for the overall functionality of your water softener. In cleaning your resin tank, you’ll be cleaning out any sediment inside…most folks also clean their resin tanks when replacing resin beads which is also a great idea.
How to clean a resin tank (assuming you’re also replacing the resins):
- Turn off your water softener
- Take the tank off the brine compartment, remove its distributor tube, and dump out all the old resin beads as well as the excess water inside
- Set up the new distributor tube (ensure you cut it to the right height). Also, tape the tubes top down to prevent getting the resin or gravels inside…then put in the gravels (if necessary), followed the new resin
- Finally, backwash your resin bed and regenerate it a few times and it's ready to start softening water again
3. Venturi Valve
Last but not least, you’ll need to wash the venturi valve and nozzle that exist between the resin tank and brine tank.
In case you didn’t know, the two are responsible for generating the suction needed to push take water from brine into resin tank, thereby facilitating a smooth regeneration process.
Because the water passing through the valve might be having sand, sediments and other particles that might cause blockage to your unit, it’s important that you clean this valve twice every year.
To clean venturi valve:
- Disassemble all the parts of your unit’s venturi valve and thoroughly wash all of them separately
NOTE: When detaching this valve from the unit and dissembling all its internal parts, I highly recommend you to refer to your manual to avoid damaging it.
Learning how to clean the various parts of your water softening system is important. It helps keep your system healthy at all times. This way, it’s able to carry out its intended job without any failure issues.
Our guide above shows you how to easily and efficiently clean the different parts of your water softener.
The process will take you a few minutes and you don’t have to do it every day. At least twice per year is enough.