No matter how hard we try, we can’t avoid dirt and grime to show up inside the tanks. It’s just one of those things you have to be prepared of whenever using a salt based water softener as salt pellets also contain soil particles which can accumulate at the bottom of the tank after a several cycles. And if these impurities are not removed, they are bound to interfere with the normal operation of the device and possibly affect the quality of soft water that is being produced.
Do you want to compromise the quality of your soft water? Definitely NO… So be sure to continue reading this guide today as we are going to tackle some information on how to sanitize your whole house water filter and its salt reservoir or brine tank.
Know The Basics:
Most plumbers and water softener installers recommend letting the device use up its salt at least once a year so we can check if there are dirt and grime formations inside the tank (particularly, at the bottom). So here are the things you need to do if your device has been shut down for any reason or if it begins to produce foul smelling water like rotten eggs:
Make sure to turn off other water treatment device you are using at home (if any). These equipments are different from your Fleck water softener since they are using Sodium hydrosulfite and/or Sodium bisulfate in treating water. Disconnect these devices temporarily so they will not interfere with your cleaning. You can ask for assistance for assistance from a local plumber to help you with this step.
Momentarily turn on your water softener system and set it to run 1 generation cycle. This is to ensure that all the water and the salt in the tank will be entirely flushed out.
Inspect the tank for impurities and remove all of them. Clear the tank from any mud, dirt, debris, and remaining salt and be sure to do the same for the brine tank float. Check every corner to see if all the accumulated dirt has been removed.
Pour 3 gallons of water and add bleach. Use 5.25% formulation of unscented bleach if necessary and a quarter an ounce to the tank (1-2 tablespoons). The amount of bleach to be added is actually based on the size of the brine tank. Some manuals suggest less while some recommend more, but be sure not to exceed more than a cup as this amount is more than enough to clean a 9” diameter brine tank. And don’t you ever think of letting the bleach sit in the tank for a couple of days as it will definitely damage some parts of the water softener. Moreover, be sure not to use excessive amount of bleach as it may require your device to perform extra regeneration cycles before it can flush out all the bleach away.
Set the device to perform an extra manual recharge cycle. This process takes up about 1-2 hours to flush out the chlorine disinfectant out from the system.
Reconnect all the other devices, turn on the main water supply and fill the tank will a new supply of salt pellets. Run a full regeneration cycle and test if the clean up you did was able to bring back the quality of water to its usual state.
NOTE: The following instructions indicated above are adapted from the collected maintenance recommendations of some of the most reputable water treatment companies in the country. Feel free to contact your resident experts to learn other methods of sanitizing water softeners so your device will be able to service your home for many more years to come.