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Solving Salt Problems In Your Water Softener

Joann Gardner

Hard water can wreak havoc on your home. If your water supply is filled with trace minerals, you might notice hard water stains on your dishware and shower enclosure. Installing a water softener can be a simple and effective way to remove trace minerals from your home's water supply in order to improve the quality of your water.

A water softener relies on salt to complete the purification process, so paying close attention to the salt within your softener is essential if you want the appliance to work properly. Being able to recognize and remedy some common salt problems will help you better care for your water softener over time.

1. Eliminate salt bridges.

One of the salt-related problems that you need to be on the lookout for is the formation of salt bridges. The salt supply that you add to your water softener's tank can come together to form a solid layer of salt over the top of the water within the tank. This solid layer, or salt bridge, prevents the water below from mixing with the salt.

When water and salt can't mix, your hard water supply can't be treated properly. Be sure to check inside your softener's tank for salt bridges regularly, and break up these formations with a broom handle or other long object to ensure the efficient performance of your water softener.

2. Use the right salt.

You may be surprised to find that there are several different types of salt available for use in water softeners. Most home owners are familiar with salt pellets, but you can also purchase granular or block salt for your water softener as well.

Your water softener is designed to work with a specific type of salt, and using a different salt could compromise efficiency. Consult your owner's manual for the manufacturer's recommended salt type, then use only that salt variety in your water softener to avoid performance issues.

3. Prevent salt mush.

Salt mush occurs when the salt in your water softener's tank accumulates on the bottom of the tank, causing the water to rise up around the salt supply but not mix with it. Salt mush can prevent your home's hard water from being treated properly, so you should take action to prevent this mush from forming in your tank.

You can try breaking up the mush with a broom handle. If that doesn't work, scoop the mush into a bucket of hot water, allow it to dissolve completely, then pour the contents of the bucket back into your softener's tank. Contact a service, like Five Star Plumbing, for more help.


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When was the last time you realized that you had a serious plumbing problem? About a month ago, I knew that I had to make some big changes, so I began talking with different plumbers about getting the job done. I told them that I wanted to replace the bathtub in the bathroom and the sink and faucet in the kitchen, and they took my requests in stride. Before I knew it, my entire home was updated and I felt great about the work. I wanted to start this blog to help other people to learn more about plumbing and repair.