Instructions For Cleaning Water Softening Brine Tank

6-24-14_watertech_how-maintain-water-softener-brine-tank0634Water softener is an investment, so you should treat it as such. Even the best water softening system needs regular maintenance to make sure that it functions properly for a long time.

  • Disconnect all lines between the water softener and brine tank.
  • Dump water out of the brine tank from the water softening system.
  • Take out any remaining salt and discard it properly.
  • If the brine tank has a salt bridge (big block of salt), you’ll need to use hot water to loosen the salt bridge break it out.
  • Pull the “brine grid”. A brine grid is the platform or screen at the bottom of a brine tank. Not all brine tanks have a brine grid.
  • Pour a few tablespoons of dish soap into the brine tank, normally 1-2 gallons of water to create a soapy mixture.
  • Pour the soap/water mixture into the brine tank and scrub the inside with a long-handled brush to clean it. Dump and rinse with water.
  • Now pour 2-3 gallons of clean water into the brine tank with a 1/4th household bleach. Stir and let the bleach and water solution still for 15 minutes.  Scrub the tank with a brush and chlorine water.
  • Dump and rinse the bleach water with normal clean water.
  • Put brine tank back in place and connect all lines to water softening system and drain. Take the system out of Bypass Mode.
  • Put 5 gallons of purified water into the brine tank.
  • Lastly, add water softener salt to the brine tank with a minimum amount of two 50-lb bags. The recommended amount of keeping the brine tank is at least one quarter full of water softener salt at all times. For best results, don’t fill salt to the very top of the brine tank, but leave six inches of space from the top rim of the brine tank.

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