How To Remove Water Softener Resin Beads in Plumbing!

How to remove water resin in pipes

Did your water softener start leaking out resin into your pipes? Are you noticing yellow beads appearing in your plumbing systems, in your toilet, sink, bathtubs, etc? Well, do not be too alarmed, those yellow beads are not toxic, but they do clog up the smaller passages in fixtures and appliances. You should get your plumbing work inspected to have all of these resin beads thoroughly flushed out of your plumbing system.

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Cedar Rapids can repair your water softener and flush out the resin from your plumbing pipes. The process of removing this resin will be outlined in this post; we will share our expertise with you so that you may understand the professionals handle issues like a leaking water softener.

How To Flush Out The Resin From My Plumbing Pipes

  1. Close the valves to the water softener and open the bypass valve.
  2. Drain and flush your hot water heater – Fragmented resins can damage water heaters and plumbing fixtures.
  3. Remove all screens on your faucet – Resins break down over time and get into the water line clogging showerheads and faucet screens.
  4. Run the hot and cold water faucets throughout your home to flush the system out
  5. Flush and clean the water supply from the washer

Check to see if resin can still be found when you run the water.

Home Fixtures Checklist

  • Run the dishwasher
  • Run the washing machine
  • Run the bathroom and kitchen sinks
  • Run any and all water using appliances

If the appliances are clogged after running or start to overfull then go ahead and turn them off. Detach their water hoses and check for clogs. Flush hoses to clear of beads. Check the connections and remove any beads clogging them. Reattach and run the appliances again to flush.

Check the warranty of your water softener and determine if the failure is covered. You will need to replace the entire water softener if it has started to leak. If the problem is not too severe, then an experienced plumber can replace the resin in your water softener for you.

A friendly Benjamin Franklin Plumbing plumber will clean and refill your resin, or we may install a new resin tank, it depends on each situation and how damaged the water softener is.

Your water softener and its resins last 20 years or 10 years depending on if your city water is chlorinated or not.

Extra Facts About The Resin In Your Water Softener

The water softener has resin beads that are inside a membrane. These resin beads play a vital role in exchanging salt for minerals and hardness in the water. However, when the membrane that holds these resin beads in place break, they are free to go anywhere the flow of water brings them. In this case, to every faucet, shower, bathtub, and toilet in the home.

When the membrane has broken, every single plumbing fixture will need to be flushed out. Flushing out all your plumbing fixtures is a big job and will require some knowledge of your plumbing system as you will need to be able to handle the differences of all the fixtures in your home.

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Cedar Rapids are experts in water softener repairs, installations and replacements. Do not worry about the yellow beads because we will take care of it on the same day you call us. We guarantee all our work, and we will always be on time. We also serve the surrounding areas in Iowa.

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