Prepare Your Home For Winter
Excerpt taken from Water Right Group Blog:
A Winter Freeze is Coming, What Should I Do?
Do you need to winterize your water softener or filter? And if so, what does winterization involve? That depends on the situation…
In all these situations, it is smart to take precautions that ensure your water softener will be protected in below freezing temperatures. Frozen pipes could lead to pipes that burst, which could cause significant damage to your property as well as your water treatment equipment.
Let’s look at some helpful advice.
Insulation and Extra Heating
For people who plan to continue using their water softener during the winter, there are a few simple things you can do to make sure it doesn’t freeze in cold weather.
If you live in a milder climate, where the weather doesn’t get extremely cold, insulating your pipes and tanks should be enough to protect your system during the winter. You can purchase pipe insulation wrap at any home improvement store. Heat tape or electric pipe heating cables for the water lines are also a good idea.
When it comes to water softener tanks, some homeowners have an insulated box built around the system. You can also purchase plumbing insulation in sheets or wrap an insulation blanket around them. There are even special jackets designed specifically for water softener tanks.
Because of the salt saturation, your brine tank is only likely to freeze in very cold climates where temperatures can drop below zero.
If you are using your water softener year-round, the most important thing is to keep it warm enough to prevent freezing, which is why a space heater in your garage can help.
Remember, you only need to keep the temperature above 32 degrees Fahrenheit, and you should always take safety precautions as per the manufacture when using a space heater. Only turn it on when you know it is necessary.
Running water will also prevent freezing, you could leave a faucet running at a slow trickle to keep things moving in those pipes while you’re gone. Although not a cure-all, this will at times, prevent full-on freezing and bursting from freezing pipes.
You should be able to leave the brine tank in the cold, but you may want to completely remove and store your softener tank in a warmer area.
(Photo Credits: American Red Cross)