How to Maintain Your Industrial Water Softener

March 18, 2021 6:30 am Leave your thoughts

As with any piece of industrial equipment, your water softener requires ongoing care and maintenance to ensure it remains in efficient and reliable working order for as long as possible. Part of this means scheduling regular visits with water softener technicians, who can perform thorough inspections and make recommendations for repairs and fine-tuning as needed.

One of the biggest industrial water softener FAQs we receive from our Cincinnati, OH clients concerns what to expect from a professional inspection of their water softening system. Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll likely have included in your water softener inspection:

  • Water hardness at inlet and outlet: If there’s hard water at the outlet, this indicates a potential mechanical problem with the water softener or a lack of salt in the brine tank. Increased inlet water hardness will result in a more thorough review, especially if there have also been changes in the flow rate.
  • Inlet and outlet pressure: Pressure testing will be performed when the water softener is running according to design specifications. If there are high differentials in pressure, the softener could be running at too high a rate. But if the water softener has a standard float rate and there is still a high differential pressure, this could be an issue with the resin bed getting clogged and thus preventing water from properly flowing through the softener. There are many other factors that can also result in high differential pressures, including the age of the resin, the depth of the resin bed or the design of the system—your inspector will be able to tell you more upon completing their work.
  • Salt levels: As the owner of the system, you will likely be able to add your own salt as needed, but any good inspector will check the salt level in the brine tank and add more if necessary while they’re looking at it.
  • Check for leaks: The inspector will carefully check for any leaks, and make note of them if they find them, even if it’s only a small drip. Inspectors will always try to come back and fix the problem while they’re there to prevent the need for another appointment and to make sure your leak doesn’t get any worse than it is.
  • Control valve adjustments: Your water softener should have come with an operating manual that includes information about the system settings. For example, if your outlet water has unusual hardness, you may need to make some adjustments to the system. Make sure the water softener is set to the proper time and day, and perform some calculations to determine how often the water softener should regenerate based on its hardness and on number of gallons in the system. Your inspector can handle this task for you.
  • Inlet chlorine: Over time, chlorine will break down the ion exchange resin. Overexposure to free chlorine, hypochlorite ions or other oxidizing materials over extended stretches of time will result in a breakdown of the crosslinking. Inspectors will analyze the state of the inlet chlorine and the resins to ensure everything is in proper condition.

For more information and answers to your industrial water softener FAQs and other issues related to industrial and commercial water purification in Cincinnati, OH, contact Ultra Pure Water Technologies today.

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