How to Winterize a Water Softener

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How to Winterize a Water Softener

How to Winterize a Water Softener

The beautiful state of Michigan is also known as the hard water state, so chances are high that you have a water softener in your Waterford area home. A water softener could be the most easily overlooked for preventative winter care.

Harsh winter weather can be very harmful to your water softener, especially if it’s exposed to the elements or located in unheated space. Water inside the unit may freeze, potentially damaging the softener itself or causing pipes to freeze and burst. Freezing temperatures can have a domino effect on entire home plumbing systems.

To avoid huge plumbing issues, it’s important to properly winterize your water softener. The process largely depends on where your water softener is kept. Other considerations are whether the water softener is used year round in your primary residence or if it’s located in your secondary or vacation home. 

Winterizing Your Water Softener if Used Year-Round

  1. Make sure your water softener is warm, which simply means don’t let it freeze. If the space is heated, you may just need extra heat during the coldest periods. Using a space heater is perfect if it’s a safe space to do so. Maintaining ambient temperature at 32 degrees Fahrenheit or above.
  2. Insulate water connection pipes and the water softener. This is great for maintaining the proper temperature.
  3. If your water softener is located inside the garage, keep the doors shut until needed.
  4. Allow a faucet to drip slightly if you plan to be away from home for more than a day or two.
  5. Check it every day during the winter months. The best preventative action is to be proactive. Finding any leaks or drips early can make a big difference in avoiding substantial damage.

Winterizing Your Water Softener in a Secondary Home

  1. Drain the tank to prevent water from freezing, especially if the softener is located outside.
  2. Unplug the system to further avoid any electrical issues.
  3. Keep it warm: Insulate the water softener, supply lines, etc. as you would if you used it every day.

Proper winterization of your home’s water softener system will keep the unit from freezing and ensure it’s working year-round or ready when needed.

For any water softener challenges or frozen pipes, call Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. Our trained plumbers have the expertise to handle plumbing repairs. We also offer 24/7 emergency service for your added convenience. 

Call Kotz to schedule your appointment today.