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Old 04-19-2017, 12:24 PM   #1
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I've been away from home for a few months and had shut off my water main. Should I empy my water softner and drain the hot water heater to make sure I'm getting clean water?
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Old 04-19-2017, 01:24 PM   #2
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You on well or city? Shouldn't be "unclean" if you are on city but it can't hurt to at least run the furthest outlet for a while and then flush out all the lines individually by turning out the outlets.
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I'm in the city. Just wanted to be sure the water would be sanitary after sitting so long. I was ? my if rechargingvthe water softener and flushing the hot water heater but didn't know if it was necessary
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Should be a total non issue.
Big difference from a few months and a few years.
Water heaters should have a few gal. drained out of the bottom anyways to drain out the sediments in the bottom at least every 6 months for a longer life.
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I would flush the lines to admit fresh treated water to those and the water heater. .
https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/dri...infection.html

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Old 04-19-2017, 06:22 PM   #6
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Send the softener through a regen and then after it has been done then do the flush as SeniorSitizen has laid out.
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