Tip & How-To about NRS Fleck 5600 - 64,000 Grain Timer Water Softener

Water Softener maintenance tips: By-Pass Valves

There are many types of factory By-Pass valves and 3-Valve By-Passes systems used on residential water treatment equipment. Over the course of years if these valves have not been used they become very hard to turn and may require the use of a wrench to turn them. This can create a big problem if an emergency occurs with the water treatment system and the water needs to be turned off. Using a wrench on any bypass valve has the potential to break it and then it won't work or worse, you have a flood on your hands as water comes gushing out of the valve!
What is the solution? The easiest solution is to turn the by-pass valve on and off several time every time you add salt to the system. By doing this it loosens any debris, keeps the o-rings lubricated an the valve moving freely.
Many systems incorporate by-pass valves with handles that simply turn 90 degrees for on and off. While manufacturers like GE, Sears, Ecowater, Culligan, Northstar, Hague among others incorporate a simple push pull valve to by-pass the system. Other companies by-pass systems may be "hardplumbed" with a 3-Valve by-pass that incorporates an inlet, outlet and center (By-Pass) valve to divert hard water past the treatment system when needed.
Which ever type is used with your system it is best to turn or push these valves ON and OFF several times every time salt is added (generally quarterly) to assure proper operation of the by-pass system to prevent any problems when it is crucial for them to work properly.
Practice these tips and your water treatment system will give you many years of quality water with fewer service issues.
Good Luck and Good Water,
RJ

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