Friday, February 8, 2013

How To Tell If Your Hydro Floss Is Working Properly

The first gauge of whether your HydroFloss is working correctly or not, is the flow rate.  This is a great test:

1.  Fill a reservoir up and remove the tip.   Let the handle lay in the sink so that it doesn't spray everything all over the place.

You can also leave the tip on, but then you have to hold it to control the spray.

2. Turn the Hydro Floss to the highest setting.  This will either be "9" or "Hi" - the later if your Hydro Floss is an older one. 

3.  Turn it on.   A full reservoir should drain in approximately 2 minutes and 10 seconds.

If you are greatly beyond the 2 minutes and 10 seconds there may be a problem. 

First, check to make sure that your reservoir and base are squeaky clean.  Make sure the O-ring and plastic insert are in the right places on the reservoir.

You can pop the plastic insert out with q-tip and put it back in again.  There should be a very gentle 'snap' noise.  Do NOT push hard.  Be very gentle.

When everything is squeaky clean, try the test again.


The Other Possibility 

It is possible that over time, you have built up mineral sediment inside the Hydro Floss.  The harder your water is, the quicker this can happen.

You can try:  Run a quarter cup of white vinegar through your Hydro Floss.  Follow up by running a full tank of water behind it.  This is to make sure there is no residual vinegar the next time that you use the machine.

No one wants a mouthful of vinegar!  So pay attention to this part.

Check your flow.   Is it back to normal?

If not, you can run one more 1/4 cup of white vinegar through.     Check the flow again.  If it is back to normal - Great!  You are back in business.

If not,  it may be possible that there is too much sediment now and the machine will only get slower and slower from there.   It may be time for a new HydroFloss. 

Otherwise, you should be good to go.   It is a good idea to run the 1/4 cup of white vinegar through once-a-month to help keep things clean inside.  This can also extend the life of your Hydro Floss!

Let me know if that was helpful?


PS:  The Directions For Use and Cleaning are also quite helpful

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