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Maintenance is an important aspect of basically any type of running system. And as with anything else, regular maintenance performed as specified schedules always contributes to a longer lifespan of whatever it is that is being maintained. Since we have a passion for water, we also have a passion for maintaining any system that involves better quality water. We maintain all types of water filtration systems, as well as water softeners. Most of the time a little maintenance goes a long way, and spending a little now often saves a lot in the future.
You could probably gather that the maintenance for different types of systems differs for each one. Most of the time maintenance is fairly simple and straightforward, however, it is best that whoever performing the maintenance knows what to look for and all the steps to take for proper upkeep of a system. For example, maintenance on similar systems also differs quite a bit depending on the type of water flowing into it. This is evident in water softeners where normally all you have to do is keep the salt level full, but if there is a lot of iron in the water it requires you to use a resin cleaner or anti-rust cleaner to ensure the integrity of your water softener tank.
Reverse osmosis systems are probably the most cumbersome systems to maintain. They require complete disassembly to service the different parts and filters inside. If there's maintenance is not performed on the schedule specified by the manufacturer, the early filters can become saturated with debris and let the debris pass through to the delicate RO membrane. This membrane is only made for water without have a contaminants, and if these contaminants get through this membrane is easily damaged or soiled, leaving you without the clean water you expect.
Carbon filtration systems as well as next generation water filtration systems are quite a bit easier to service. Often times this service is able to be performed without the need of a professional. However, we do still recommend you hire a professional to maintain your system for the peace of mind you get and having an expert exam in the inner workings of your water filter. The maintenance on the system is really just consists of changing out the filters on a regular basis depending on manufacturers instructions, as well as the level of hardness or contaminants in your water. Along with these filter changes, all seals and O-rings must also be examined for wear and tear. Each time the filter is removed, it is essential to apply a small amount of food grade silicone grease to the O-ring to keep it from stretching or deforming and causing a leak. If you do attempt to change any filters yourself, the main thing to keep in mind is that you must shut off the valves on either side of your water filters before disassembling. There is also usually a pressure release valve on the top of the filter that must be released before removing a filter.
Even though there is a recommended timeframe for changing the filters, for example, 6 to 12 months on any carbon filter within any system, it is best to pay attention to your flow of water. If the flow of water slows down at any time, this is usually a sign that your filters are full of sediment and should be looked at immediately to avoid contaminated water or possible damage to your filtration system.
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