WHY TEST MY WATER SOFTENER?
If you are maintaining a steam raising system, a water softener will definitely be part of your set up.
Softeners are also often used in evaporative cooling, chilled water or heating systems. They are needed to prevent scale forming which can be a serious and expensive issue. The good news is they are simple to test and maintain.
Check whether the softener is softening the water. Simple test kits are widely available, easy to use, and accurate enough for this purpose.
Make sure there is salt in the brine tank
You need to use the correct type of salt.
Also check the power to the softener is on and there are no leaks or damage to the unit.
HOW OFTEN TO TEST?
In a steam raising system, having soft water at all times is vital. Running the system on hard water will cause scale to form very quickly which is a major problem. Test and check the softener every day.
WHAT IF I FIND PROBLEMS?
With a steam system, you need to act fast. Get a specialist company to help ASAP. Try to find a good local expert company who can respond quickly when you need them. This might be an unexpected cost, this investment to protect a vital system is well worth it.
With other systems, you have more time, but you still need to get the softener up and running without too much delay. Good support from an expert company is also a benefit when it comes to having the softener serviced – this usually needs happen once or twice per year.
Testing your water softener is simple – if you know how.
You can access content online (YouTube etc) but the quality is variable.
If you have a good water treatment service provider, they should be able to provide some basic training (toobox talks) or more in-depth sessions to meet your needs.
Keep a simple tick box report of the test/check results with the date and time. This can be very useful if you have problems and are trying to diagnose the fault.
IN SUMMARY, OUR SUGGESTIONS ARE
- Invest in getting your softener checks and testing set up properly – get some training if you need it
- Find a good local expert company to support you with servicing and breakdowns if needed
- Keep good records and use them to identify problems
- Congratulate yourself and enjoy the peace of mind!