Instructables
loading
loading
Picture of Repair a Leaking Water Softener Reservoir.
P1010002.JPG
P1010003.JPG
P1010005.JPG
In this instructable I will demonstrate how to repair/patch a leaking water softener reservoir.
I will try to keep this "ible" short and sweet.

Note I also took apart and cleaned and re-lubed all of the O-rings, and the venturi. If you are going to have it taken apart you should just complete the tuneup as well, so I did. That's not part of this instructable. Sorry.

Here are some good links

kenmore

softenerparts.com

 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Materials and Tools List

Picture of Materials and Tools List
acidb.jpg
epoxy.jpg
spaper.jpg
Sandpaper
Epoxy Permatex
Acid brush
Permanent marker (I use Sharpies)
Scissors
Flashlight
Popsicle Stick
Small piece of cardboard

Step 2: Disassemble the Unit

Picture of Disassemble the Unit
P1010007.JPG
Step 1
Using your permanent marker, if you know where the leak is, make a reference mark for later. In this case I do know where it is because salt is coming out of the crack.

Step 2
Disassemble the water softener and remove the insides so you only have the reservoir.

Step 3.
Empty the salt in a safe location "INFO NOTE" salt will kill your plants don't pour it, or any left over salt brine water, in your yard.

Step 4
Spray out inside of reservoir until it looks clean. Then dry out with a towel or let it air dry, your choice.

Step 3: The repair

Picture of The repair
spaper.jpg
The Repair

Step 1
Since I am to big to crawl into this thing I will have to repair this thing from the outside in.

2. Grab your sandpaper, use your sand paper to rough up the area where the crack is. Rough the area up to about 1 inch in diameter around the crack. after you have done this wipe the dust off of the area of the reservoir.

Step 4: Prep the Materails

Picture of Prep the Materails
DSCN3826.JPG
DSCN3825.JPG
DSCN3819.JPG
Put on your safety glasses if you haven't already done so. You do not want epoxy in your eyes.

Step 1. Mix your epoxy. Mix your epoxy on a portable surface something you can carry while you crawl in to the reservoir. I normally use a piece of cardboard and a Popsicle stick, this time I used a paper plate I also use 5 minute epoxy.

Step 2. Have a small bowl of water and some dish soap nearby. You can mix some soap in the water if you like.