Tips for Winterizing Your Water Softener

December 7, 2019 10:32 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Winter is nearly upon us, so if you’re a homeowner it’s important to make sure you’re on top of all of the winterization tasks you need to perform before the coldest part of the year strikes. Your water softener system in Shelby County, OH might be one of the pieces of equipment you’ll need to winterize, depending on where it’s located.

If your system is located in the basement, you won’t need to worry about it. However, if the unit is in an unheated garage, in a vacation home or other home that won’t be occupied over the winter months, or if you plan to leave your home for an extended period of time during the winter, then you’re going to want to take some precautions to protect your water softener when the temperatures fall below freezing. Frozen pipes are just about the last problem you want to have during the winter, as having them burst could cause some catastrophic damage to your property.

Here are just a few steps you can take for winterizing a water softener system in Shelby County, OH.

Keep it warm

Do whatever you can to keep your water softener warm. If you live in an area with milder winters, you can get away with just insulating your pipes and tank, and that should be enough to protect it. Use pipe wrap from a home improvement store, and heat tape or electric pipe heating cables for the water lines.

For your tank, you might consider building an insulated box around the entire system, featuring some plumbing insulation in sheets, or an insulation blanket. You can even find special jackets for water tanks.

If you are in a particularly cold climate and use your water softener year-round, you’ll need to keep it warm enough to prevent it from freezing. A space heater in an unheated garage located near the water softener can be an important piece of equipment to prevent this from becoming an issue. So long as you keep the temperature over 32 degrees Fahrenheit, you’ll be fine. Be sure to use the space heater safely—only turn it on when you know it’s necessary, and make sure you keep enough clear space around the heater that it won’t become a fire hazard.

Run water

Running water can help to prevent freezing. If you’re going to be gone for a few days, you might consider leaving a faucet running at a slight trickle, just to keep the flow going through your pipes while you’re gone. This isn’t a cure-all solution, but it will at least help you to prevent freezing and bursting in most cases.

Drain and disconnect

For water softeners you don’t plan on using during the winter months, you should take additional steps to winterize your equipment. It is highly recommended you drain the tank to get rid of any water that could potentially freeze and damage the system. Once the water is fully drained, you should disconnect the water softener, following all the instructions in your owner’s manual. You can reconnect and refill in the spring.

For more information about winterizing water softener systems in Shelby County, OH, contact Fogt Water Conditioning today.

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