Have you noticed your water softener isn't working as efficiently as it used to? Look inside. If you see a crusty salt buildup in the brine tank, that's a salt bridge and it's a common issue. Fortunately, there’s a fix for that, and you can easily do it yourself!
Especially when the humidity is high (hello, Minnesota summer!) or if there is too much salt in your brine tank, salt pellets will stick together, forming a solid crust that creates an empty space between the salt and the water in the bottom of the tank. Now the water softener cannot make brine because the salt cannot reach the water to dissolve. When there’s no brine, the resin bed cannot regenerate effectively. The salt just sits there, and your water is no longer softened. That won’t do! So here’s how to remove a water softener salt bridge.