What Is Water Softener Regeneration?
The water softener regeneration process is when water already in the pipes of the home is recirculated through a water softener. The regeneration process is not standard on all water softener installations but comes with plenty of benefits in your water quality.
Benefits include cleaner dishes and utensils after washing, a more efficient water heater resulting in reduced utility costs, cleaner and brighter laundry, greater efficiency from appliances which use water and water that is healthier to bathe in and gentler on the skin.
Water Softener Regeneration Process
A normally functioning water softener takes water from the utility hookup source and sends it through the various tanks, ion exchanging processes before it reaches your home. During the regeneration process, the flow of water is extended to flow back through the softener through the use of a water loop. The water loop extends the flow of softened water allowing water to flow again through the water softener. The regeneration process clears out any impurities and helps prevents rust or any other pipe issues.
How Long Does It Take Water Softener to Regenerate?
the regeneration process should be set to occur late at night when water is not being used in your home. Between the hours of 2-4 is when most systems are set to regenerate. The regeneration process lasts anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes and depends entirely on the distance of piping in your home.
How Long Does a Water Softener Last For?
Some water softening systems last longer than others, depending upon their type, and water quality they can last up to 20 years. All water softeners will need routine maintenance and occasional repairs to make sure they are running at their optimal output.
The quality of your water can also affect the degradation of a water softener. More minerals in your water can lead to more salt use and harsher conditions for a water softener to operate under. It is important to conduct a water test before a water softener is installed to ensure you have a system that is suitable for your quality. Jason’s Water Systems offers a free on site water test which helps you determine the quality of your tap water.
What Is the Backwash Cycle for a Water Softener?
The backwash cycle is an important aspect of the water softening process. It is at this time, dirt that collected in the main tank is removed, thus paving the way for the easier and more effective removal of hard water-causing substances.
How Do You Manually Regenerate A Water Softener?
This depends largely on the particular model of the water softening apparatus. However, a number of systems come equipped with a knob that can simply be turned to initiate the water regeneration process.
When to Regenerate
If you are not regenerating your water softener already, there are some signs of when you should start. If your water has developed a strange smell or color, it may be a sign that there is extra particulate stuck in your home’s pipes. Regenerating your water system will help with removing contaminants from the pipes that could be causing quality issues.