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How to Protect Your Water Softener This Winter

Before winter arrives, it is crucial to get your home fully ready for frigid conditions. In addition to sealing drafts, insulating your pipes and scheduling a tune-up for your heating system, take time to winterize your water softener, as well. Even though it’s filled with salt water, it can still freeze under extreme conditions.

Winterizing your water conditioning unit is especially important if…

  • Your unit is installed in an unheated garage

  • You plan on leaving your home for an extended vacation this winter

  • You own a vacation home and do not plan on using it this winter

The following tips will ensure your water softening system will get through the winter without any problems.

Insulate the Unit

If your water softener is in your attic or within your main living area, the insulation around it will protect the unit from temperature fluctuations. However, if it’s located in the basement or garage, apply pipe insulation wrap around the pipes. The unit itself can be fitted with an insulating jacket for further protection. Alternatively, you can build an insulated box around the unit.

Allow Your Faucet to Drip

Standing water can freeze if the temperature drops too low. If you turn on a faucet and allow it to drip slightly, you cause all of the water in your system to move a bit. Even if the temperatures drop significantly below freezing, the moving water is less likely to freeze.

Drain and Disconnect the Water Softener

If you’re going to be away from home for an extended period, drain and disconnect the water softener. Be sure to turn off the supply to the water softener, as well.

Whether you want help preparing for winter or need to repair a damaged water softener, John S. Parker Home Services can help. Call us today at (845) 209-1700 to find out how our technicians can help you get ready for winter.


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