Well this is a question that is often overlooked and dismissed by many, instead preferring to wait until something goes drastically wrong before considering the benefits of regular equipment servicing. Unfortunately the outcome of this decision is often met with shock and horror when the bill hits the door mat...or more often in today’s age of electronics...makes it way to your in-box.
The following equipment requires annual servicing and we are unaware of any equipment which does not require regular maintenance or servicing.
An Ultraviolet Water Steriliser requires the quartz sleeve cleaning, the germicidal lamp and the pre-filter cartridge replacing.
A Reverse Osmosis Filter requires all cartridges to be replaced thereby prolonging the life of the RO membrane which can then be replaced every 3 years.
A Shakesby Iron Filter requires attention, ensuring the valves are clear of iron build up, the media bed is topped up, all filters are clear of any debris or blockages and the back washing cycle is set correctly.
A pH correction filter requires the resin bed topping up. The correction media we use slowly dissolves upon contact with the water therefore should be checked annually.
A water softener generally only requires topping up with salt to ensure that a brine solution is forming to regenerate the softening resin. We also recommend that timers are reset after a power cut and periodically the jets and brine pick up valve are periocially cleaned.
For POU Nitrate filters cartridges need replacing at 6 month intervals. Larger automatic regen units require regular topping up of salt to ensure that a brine solution is present to regenerate the resin and periodically the jets and brine pick up valve cleaned. Any timers should be reset after any power cuts. Can’t stress how important this is, as it could result in large volumes of nitrates being released into the water supply which has built up in the resin bed or cartridge.
It goes without saying that failure to maintain and service water treatment equipment on time, simply means that the filter is no longer filtering the water, which naturally means whatever contaminants you were filtering from the water are now passing into your water supply and being ingested. Not a lovely thought! In addition any build-up of scale, iron or sediment in the pre-filters obstruct the correct function of the equipment resulting in expensive repairs being required at a future date, not to mention damage to expensive household appliances.
Pressure vessel require recharging with air otherwise pumps do not run efficiently, they over cycle (rapid start stop) causing irreparable damage and high electric consumption. Another expensive bill hitting your door mat or in-box!
Scale or iron build up within the pumping equipment causing blockages, allowing pumps to run what is equivalent to running against a closed valve, thereby overheating and possibly burning out pump motor.
Blockages around the pump inlet which again cause the pump to overheat and burn out.
In this era of austerity we are all making cut backs, but avoiding regular servicing of pumping and water treatment equipment is really false economy. The adage ‘if it isn’t broke don’t fix it’ does not apply here. Regular annual servicing of filtering and pumping equipment ensures that all equipment is operating efficiently and effectively, thereby avoiding premature failure of vital equipment.
It’s a no brainer really...maintain pumping and water treatment equipment is essential, as after all water is a necessity not a luxury.
If our cars fail we can chose to walk, cycle, catch a bus or train, but if one is left without water what can we do, we need water to survive it’s as simple as that?