What Spring maintenance should I do to my water and radon systems?
Spring is a great time to give all of your home systems a once-over for any problems that might have cropped up over winter. Here are some suggested things to check:
- Do a quick and easy inspection of the exposed well casing and the area around it:
- Is the exposed well steel casing in good shape? Look for cracks, holes or signs of corrosion.
- Is the well cap watertight? Check bolts, rubber gasket, seals.
- If there is an electrical conduit at the well cap, the wires should not be visible.
- Is the top of your well casing at least six inches above the ground?
Water treatment system
- When was the last time you added salt to your softener? It's pretty easy to forget about it! If you can see water above the level of the salt then it's time to add more salt. As a general rule of thumb, for a family of 4, add 1- 40 pound bag of salt every month. Ran out? No harm done. You just won't have soft water until the system cycles.
- Check the system monitor and make it a habit to check it regularly. The majority of radon mitigation systems have what is called a manometer. Some systems have a indicator light or audible alarm. Whichever device you have, it should have instructions to help you understand how to interpret whether or not the system is on and running. If you don't have a radon system monitor, you should have one installed so you can have a way to systematically check that the radon fan is running. It's recommended to re-test the radon levels every 5 years or if you've changed the use of your home, e.g. refinished the basement or did other construction.
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