2 Common Issues That Can Develop with Your Water Softener

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If you have a water softener, you need to be aware of the issues that can develop with the salt inside of your water softener. The salt inside of your water softener is an essential component that allows the minerals in hard water to be broken down and removed.

#1 Issue: Salt Bridges

Salt bridges occur often inside of water softeners. When a salt bridge forms, a space is created within your water softener between the water that needs to be filtered and the salt that is designed to facilitate this filtering process. The salt rises up and sticks together, preventing it from going into the water and creating the brine that is necessary for the resin beads to remove the hard water molecules from your water.

If your water is coming out hard, but it looks like your water softener is full of salt, that is a sure sign that your water softener is not functioning properly due to a salt bridge.

Open up your water softener and touch the salt. When you apply a little pressure, if you can't easily move the salt around, you most likely have a salt bridge. You are going to need to break up the salt bridge. It is a good idea at this point to just replace the salt within your water softener after you break up the bridge.

This issue is relatively easy to fix and will not take much time or effort to do so.

#2 Issue: Salt Mushing

The second issue with salt that can occur within your water softener is salt mushing. Salt mushing happens when the salt in your water softener recrystallizes. When the salt recrystallizes, it sinks to the bottom of your water softener and forms a layer of sludge across the bottom.

This layer of sludge prevents your water softener from working properly. This layer of sludge will also block up your tank and prevent it from working properly. Your water will not longer be filtered properly and the minerals will not be removed from your water, resulting on hard water to continue to run through your water system. 

In order to fix this issue, you are going to have to release all of the water from your water softener. Then you are going to need to loosen and remove the old salt that has formed a layer of sludge on the bottom of your water softener. After that, you are going to need to put new salt in your water softener. 

If you've tried these steps, but your water softener still isn't working as it should, contact a licensed plumber in your area to diagnose the problem.

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