WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY DRAIN LINE OF WATER SOFTENER?
Water softeners remove minerals that cause hard water, such as calcium, magnesium, and, to a lesser extent, iron. This procedure entails removing a trace amount of this material from the incoming water supply. This mineral material is trapped in the water softener's resin bed, and the debris eventually settles at the bottom of your brine tank. The water softener will regenerate or clean itself after a certain number of gallons have been cleaned by flushing away this mineral content. This dirty, mineral-rich water is then flushed out of your home through the water softener drain line.
IS THERE ANY NEED OF DRAIN LINE IN A WATER SOFTENER?
Water softeners remove hard water minerals while also removing small amounts of dirt and debris from your water.The hard minerals adhere to the small plastic resin beads, and the dirt settles and collects at the tank's bottom.
After a certain number of gallons have been treated, the softener must clean itself out, also known as regenerate.The softener uses salt to dissolve the hard mineral deposits that have accumulated inside the system.
But what about the muck at the bottom of the tank?
This is where the softener drain line comes into play; a STRONG flush will be required to get it out!
A BLOCKAGE IN DRAIN LINE OF THE WATER SOFTENER
The mineral-rich water will leave a residue of debris on the interior surface of the drain line as it is flushed away. As the water softener undergoes repeated regeneration cycles, more mineral content will be added to this debris over time. The drain line will become progressively smaller, making it more difficult to drain the water away. The water softener drain line will eventually become clogged, allowing water to back up into your home and cause flooding inside your water softener. This can damage the resin bed, resulting in a repair bill and, in extreme cases, the need to replace the entire bed.
It's a better idea to use a long-lasting PVC or UPVC line to connect the water softener drain line. These drain lines will not collapse, and they are difficult to disconnect from their drain connections. This type of drain line can even last up to 10 years, making it a far better long-term solution. Finally, it's a good idea to schedule annual maintenance for your water softener to ensure that it's running smoothly.