©2018 Mahoning Valley Water Inc.  Maintaining Your Water Treatment System It All Adds Up      Chances are that your water treatment system works pretty hard removing minerals like calcium and magnesium, or oxidizing and trapping metals and gases like iron or sulphur.  And it works 24 hours a day, 365 days a year...year after year after year.  If you have a family of five and have municipally pretreated water, your softener (over its 20 year life) will process over 3 1/2 million gallons of water and remove almost 8,000 lbs (4 tons) of calcium and magnesium. Could This Have Happened      Have any lifestyle changes occurred over the years that would cause consumption to increase or decrease?  Is there a new baby or did the grown children move away?  Did you buy your home from the Smith's who had a family of seven and there's only three of you?  The settings on the equipment probably need to be adjusted to do the job efficiently. Or Did This Happen      Did your water chemistry change?  Do you have new neighbors who drilled a new well?  Have you replaced your pressure tank or pump?  Did your municipal supplier change the pH or chlorine levels again or is the reservoir experiencing algae growth?  Any of these kinds of changes may require equipment adjustment.      To prevent the high costs of replacing plumbing, fixtures, hot water tank, dishwasher, etc., you have installed a water treatment system in your home.  Your treatment system must be maintained regularly, regardless of its make or model, in order to do the job it was designed to do.      A yearly checkup by professional Certified Water Treatment Specialists can help prevent problems that can leave you without treated water. Water Softeners          Always make sure you have salt in the brine tank.  A checkup on your softener includes sanitizing the resin tank, checking all valve parts for wear and tear, and checking the brine pickup tube and safety valve.  This checkup should be done annually or sooner if you notice the following conditions: Water feels hard Water level in brine tank is high Unit is not using salt If you experience power outages Reverse Osmosis Systems      To maintain a high quality product, the sediment filters should be changed every six months or sooner if your water contains heavy sedimentation, iron, or algae.  Carbon filters need changed at least once per year.  The storage tank should be sanitized yearly.  Check your ice cubes.  They're a good indicator of potential problems or reduced water quality.  Clear cubes indicate good solids removal, cloudy cubes indicate otherwise. Iron/Sulphur Filters      Always check your potassium permanganate solution monthly.  Dip a plastic cup in the solution.  The solution should look like grape juice.  An annual checkup verifies valve operation, parts wear and tear, injector and screen cleaning.  Your unit will need checked sooner if you notice any staining or smells in your treated water. Chlorination Systems      Always make sure you check the chlorine solution monthly.  Your system will need serviced if your notice staining or smells in your treated water; if you are not using chlorine solution; when you notice crystalline deposits on the face of the pump, around the suction and discharge fittings and tubing; or if you see heavy moisture or leaking around the pump.  A routine residual test is needed in order for the system to work properly. What If I Have To Replace My Equipment?      Eventually, with prolonged wear and tear, all equipment needs to be replaced.  Especially if the equipment was initially of lesser quality and "forced to fit" as happens with brands sold from national hardware or department store chains.      Like computers, the newer higher technology valves and resins give you a more powerful product and lower costs each year.      When replacing equipment, always look for Certified Water Treatment Specialists who understand water chemistry, plumbing flows, and all treatment technologies.  Avoid those who handle "shelf equipment" as a sideline to plumbing or drilling, or those "one size fits all" brands in chain stores.      Look for established companies such as Mahoning Valley Water who display the Water Quality Association logo...and you know you'll be dealing with professionals who will provide the highest value and correctly designed product to meet your needs for the next 20 years. MAHONING VALLEY WATER