How to clean water softener resin

Water softening occurs in the resin tank which contains resin beads. The resin beads are the one that removes minerals that cause your water to be hard. So there are other contaminants that might be present in your water that the resin is not capable of removing such include iron, metal particles, manganese, silt, and organic compounds. These contaminants if they accumulate on the resin tank they coat the resin beads resulting in inefficiency and failure to your system. In such cases, the resin beads require to be cleaned so as to restore it effectively which is done using water softener cleaner.

How to clean water softener resin

The coating of resin beads with contaminants is known as fouling.

The common question that people ask how to clean water softener so as to remove the coating. Read this article from beginning to the end to learn how to clean water softener resin

Step by step guide how to clean water softener resin

  • Know the contaminants that have coated resin beads

There are so many contaminants that are present in your water so you should make sure you are aware of what is present in your water. You can take your water for the lab test or buy a water test kit to do testing at home.

  • Choose the correct resin cleaner

Resin cleaner is a special liquid or powder designed to get rid of contaminants on the resin beads which salt cannot remove.

Choose the resin cleaner that targets the contaminants present in your water. If your water has too much iron make sure it the resin cleaner effectively removes the contaminants. That’s why we said earlier you must be sure contaminants present in your water.

  • Feeding the resin cleaner in your system

The next step is to feed the resin cleaner in the system so as to clean coated/ fouled resin beads

The resin cleaner is put in the brine tank and if your system doesn’t have one put the cleaner in the salt tank.

  • Set your system on the regeneration mode

Locate your system control valve and turn regeneration control knob counterclockwise. This process will have your water softener into regeneration mode causing it to regenerate system.

If the resin beads are accumulated with a lot of contaminants you can run the process for the second time.

To repeat the regeneration process make sure you have the recommended amount of resin cleaner in your brine/salt tank.

Return your water softener to normal for water softening process to continue.

Locate the regeneration control knob and turn clockwise.

Remove the cleaner out of the system

Close the control panel; find out the drain pipe connected to the water softener, and run the tap for 10-15 minutes to flush out resin cleaner out of the system.

How often should you clean the resin?

The most company recommends using every four months.

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