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Why is My Water Softener Not Using Salt or Using Too Much?

You might say that, to your water softener, brine is the elixir of life – that perfect balance of water and salt that allows your appliance to transform hard water into soft. So, if your water softener is not using salt, or it’s using too much, things won’t go well. There are a number of possible reasons your water softener might not be using the right amount of salt, and fortunately, most are easy to fix.

Here are some common problems related to salt, along with our tips on how to correct them.

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How to Remove a Water Softener Salt Bridge

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.

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What is a Water Softener Pre-Filter and Why Does My System Need One?

You may know that the resin beads in your water softener attract hard minerals and remove them from your water, but did you know that your water softener may also have a pre-filter? And if it doesn’t have one now, should it? What does a water softener pre-filter do, anyway? The answer (and that pre-filter) may lead you to even better water quality.

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5 Factors That Influence Water Softener Cost

Replacing a water softener is an investment, and you're certainly not the first person to experience sticker shock. After all, like most appliances, water softener cost varies dramatically, as does water softener quality. You could simply purchase the cheapest unit available, but will that really save you money in the long run? And will it do everything you need?

Before you make your final decision, it’s important to consider all the factors that influence water softener cost. Those same factors also affect water softener performance and longevity.

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Why is There Standing Water in My Water Softener Salt Tank?

Seeing standing water in your brine tank can be a little disconcerting. Isn’t it supposed to just be salt? Well, that depends. For some households that don’t go through much water, this can be a common occurrence. Although you may need to add a bag of salt in the near future, it’s nothing to cause alarm.

However, standing water can also be a sign of a problem. The components that regulate water intake might be allowing the tank to overfill, or water is not being drawn down after regeneration. How can you tell? Let’s troubleshoot.

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Softener Salt Vs. Sidewalk Salt: What's the Difference?

Here in Minnesota, our water is naturally hard and we deal with a lot of iced-over sidewalks in the winter. To solve both problems, we need salt. But, is there a difference between the salt you put in your water softener and the salt you sprinkle on your driveway and walkway to melt the ice? Can you use one product for both purposes?

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Water Softener Troubleshooting: 7 Top Issues and How to Fix Them

Any major appliance in your home can break or stop working at any time, including your water softener. If you're experiencing an issue with your system, here's a water softener troubleshooting guide to help you identify the problem and either fix it yourself or call a pro.

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H2O FAQ: How Do Iron Filters Work?

There are a number of different water treatment processes you can use to remove unwanted chemicals. Here in Minnesota, one of the most common chemicals we want to get rid of is iron. One way to do that is by using an iron filter. Let's look at how iron filters work and how that process impacts the quality of our water.

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Hard Water Problems: Tips for Limescale Removal

Ugh! One of the disadvantages of having hard water is limescale buildup in your sinks, toilets, tubs, faucets and in places you can’t see. It’s more than ugly. Limescale can reduce the efficiency of your appliances, so they don’t perform well and they wear out faster. It can even peel the chrome off faucets and clog your plumbing.

Fortunately, there are some simple limescale removal options to fix this unattractive situation.

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Water Treatment 101: How Does a Water Softener Work?

If you live anywhere in Minnesota, you probably have a water softener in your utility closet. At least, we hope you do. With our naturally hard water, it’s an essential piece of equipment if you hope to avoid the ugly, expensive problems hard water can cause. Most of us know that a water softener contains salt, but why? How does a water softener work to improve the quality of our water?

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