How to Keep Your Water Softener System from Freezing

March 11, 2021

Much of the country is experiencing below-average temperatures lately. If you’re not prepared for freezing weather, you might be shocked at the unexpected water damage that occurs after your pipes thaw. To avoid miserable messes, it’s important you understand how to winterize your water softener in Scottsdale, AZ.

Most people store their water softener in their garage. This is convenient, but when it gets cold, you could have issues. Luckily, Scottsdale rarely has severe or extreme winter weather, but there’s no sense in tempting fate—winterizing your water softening system doesn’t take a lot of time and will help if the unexpected occurs:

  • Insulate your water system: One of the best ways to keep your water softener running as needed is to insulate it. (This is also advisable for plumbing systems in general.) You can get plumbing insulation at your local home improvement store. Get enough to wrap around your water softener, plus any plumbing lines you’re insulating. Wrap it around the softener and pipes, and secure with zip ties. This will help keep your pipes functioning throughout the winter—although if you experience more severe temperatures, you’ll probably need to take additional measures.
  • Consider a space heater: Running a space heater during the worst of the winter weather is a good way to keep your garage temperatures at a reasonable level. You don’t need to run the heater 24/7—just plug it in and turn it on during particularly cold nights. Be sure to follow instructions for running your space heater safely. They can be a fire hazard when used improperly or placed too close to flammable material.
  • Keep your water running: One tried-and-true way to keep your pipes from freezing is to let a trickle of water come through your faucets. This also works for water softeners. There’s no need to let the water run full blast. Just set it so there’s a steady drip. This will ensure your pipes don’t freeze overnight in the coldest weather.
  • Store your softener for the winter: If you would prefer to avoid the issue altogether, you can always store your water softener during the winter. To do this, you’ll need to disconnect the lines and drain them thoroughly. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and store it in a warm place like a closet or basement.
  • Avoid antifreeze: Finally, avoid using antifreeze in your water softener. On a theoretical level, this can help keep your system from freezing, but the potential for serious illness or water softener damage is not worth the risk.

Keeping your water softener from freezing in Scottsdale, AZ is easy—especially because Scottsdale has milder winters than most parts of the country. If you’re having trouble deciding the best way to winterize your system, or are concerned that you might not be doing it correctly, call for professional service.

WES Water installs a number of different water conditioning systems, including softeners. Call us today to arrange a consultation and learn more about our selection. We look forward to working with you soon.

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