Quick question: how to sanitize water softener?

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Loiwin

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Hi all,

You all have been very helpful to me on this forum, it’s been one year since I’ve installed my water softener. The installer mentioned to use a sanitizing kit once a year, what does this entail or can I sanitize the softener in an easier way? Is this even required?

He also mentioned to clean the brine tank every 3 years. Is this also recommended and where can I find the best way to do this?

Thanks again,
 

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Hey reach maybe you remember me you really helped me out last year with setting up my softener settings, thanks.

I initially bought 3-4 bags and have maybe gone through 2-3 more so far in the year, and it’s still pretty half full and never gone low. I am on city chlorinated water, and I initially put bleach in the tank when I first installed the softener 1 year ago.

Do I need to clean it again every year and if so, how?
 

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So if they are 40 pound bags and you are using pellets, lets say about every 100 bags as a wild guess? That is 4000 lbs. That may be more often than needed. The first time you cleaned, you could assess if you could have waited longer.

I would think with the chlorinated water, you would not need to treat the resin tank. For a new softener, the Fleck 5810 manual suggests 1.2 fluid ounces of 5.25% Sodium Hypochlorite (chlorine bleach) for every cubic ft of resin. So if you wanted to santize the brine tank, that might be a good amount for fairly soon after a regen (to let it sit with the brine for a week or so) to put into the brine tank every year or two. For 2 cuft of resin, that would be 5 tablespoons of 5.25% or 3.15 tablespoons of 8%.

I have not done that myself, and my water is not chlorinated. However I do figure to sanitize my well every 2 or 3 years, so I do run some chlorine then. Maybe I will put some bleach into the brine tank next time I sanitize my well and plumbing
 
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