2 Common Problems with Salt-Based Water Softeners


Conventional salt-based water softeners are great at removing contaminants in your home water, ensuring that problems associated with water hardness—such as dry skin, dingy clothes, and spotted dishes—are eliminated. Unfortunately, these softeners often experience problems that cause inconveniences or necessitate costly repairs. Here is a look at some of the common problems you may experience with these pieces of vital household equipment.


The exchange of sodium with water-hardening ions (calcium and magnesium) in the resin tank often leads to the creation of deposits that can clog up valves and filters in the unit. The most notorious areas for blockades are the filter screen and brine line, causing the flow of water to your home to be impeded. Some of the most common signs that you have a blockage in the unit is reduced water output or water that isn't being softened properly.

To fix a clogging problem, first check all valves and filters for any offending buildup and manually remove it with a shop vacuum. The resin tank injector is also vulnerable to clogging by sediments found in dirty salt. To clean the injector, you should shut off the unit's bypass valve to stop the flow of water into the resin tank and then remove the caps on the injector screen and head so you can thoroughly clean out any debris.

Opting to use pure salt with iron remover can greatly help reduce clogging in your softener, because such salt has little or no sediment as opposed to rock salt, which is usually contaminated and often causes the increased buildup of sediment in the control valve, filters, and injector screen.

Salt bridges

Adding too much salt in the brine tank, or adding it too frequently, can often lead to the formation of a salt bridge in your softener. This refers to a hard crust of salt inside the brine tank that covers the water, preventing the unit from effectively softening the water.

To fix this problem, break off the salt crust at the base of the tank with a broomstick and then remove it. You should also clean the brine tank with mild soap and water at least once a year to remove any salt buildup. Additionally, avoid refilling the unit with salt until the existing amount is almost depleted, so as to avoid overwhelming the unit and promoting crusting.

The problems discussed above can be avoided or fixed with regular care and maintenance of your softener. Scheduling a maintenance routine with a plumbing service like Optimum Plumbing LLC can also ensure that the quality of your home water supply is not compromised.


24 September 2015

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