Rust is a common problem in water supplies, causing stains on sinks, tubs and even clothes. It also changes the flavor of water. While water softeners alone remove a small amount of iron, adding a rust remover prevents rust buildup in the tank.
Things You'll Need
- Rust removal product
Lift the lid of the brine tank, which is sometimes called a well. Set it aside.
Mix a solution of commercial rust remover and water in a bucket. Use anywhere from 1/2 cup of rust remover per one gallon of water, to a much stronger solution of one cup remover per 1/2 gallon water. Follow the product's instructions.
Pour the solution into the brine tank.
Switch the unit's setting to "Regenerate," and wait as the solution washes through the brine tank and flushes the system.
Repeat this process in a water softener with excessive rust content. Regenerate after each addition.
Maintain a rust-free tank by adding rust remover periodically. Schedule maintenance for every three months, or whenever salt is added.
Tips & Warnings
- Add rust removal product when the softener is in a brining cycle and salt levels are low; follow by adding salt as usual.
- Buckets and containers used to mix the solution are safe for use after thorough washing.
- Your water softener control head may vary; consult product instructions to determine how to regenerate.
- Avoid prolonged skin contact with rust removal solution and prevent it from getting in your eyes.
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