So how do you know if it’s doing what it’s supposed to be doing? Water softener failure can come in a few different forms, some being much more devastating than others. Most of the time when a water softener fails it stops softening the water. When this happens you’ll notice that your dishes are cloudy or that it’s taking a lot more soap to suds up and get things clean. You also may notice that you’re not putting as much salt in the brine tank as often you used to. That’s a sure sign things are not right with your water softener system.
The most important routine water softener maintenance is, of course, adding the right kind of water softener salt to the system as it’s needed. This typically can be done on a quarterly basis by the homeowner or by a water conditioning company qualified to work on your equipment. As always, it’s important to follow the specifications set forth by the product manufacturer.