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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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
If you’re in the market for a water softener, you know the right system will greatly improve water quality throughout your household. The more you know about your options before you buy, the better the investment you will make. It pays, in every sense of the word, to ask a pro. They can answer water treatment questions you might not have thought to ask.
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.
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.
Did you know the beginning of personal hygiene dates back to prehistoric times? In fact, the earliest humans understood that water, from the lakes and rivers they lived near, had the ability to clean things, or at least rinse mud off their hands. Realizing they needed more than just water to truly clean themselves, people began making soap as early as 2800 B.C. With the creation of soap came the problems we still face today, soap scum. It’s a problem that dates back nearly 5,000 years. Although you use soap to clean your hands and body today, you likely don’t
Have you noticed your shampoo doesn’t lather in the shower, your skin tends to always be itchy, and there’s soap scum buildup in the bathtub? These are all signs you may have hard water. It’s definitely annoying, and here in Minnesota, it’s a common problem. But, if you know how to test for hard water, you can identify the issue once and for all and start looking for ways to resolve it.
Have you noticed a rancid smell coming from the water in your home but you’re not sure what’s causing it? It’s likely hydrogen sulfide. Fortunately, it’s not bad for you, it just doesn’t smell very good. In fact, your water smells like rotten eggs. Pee-yew, indeed. Whether the problem exists all the time or only when you first turn on the water, you want it gone! We’ll explain what’s causing unpleasant smell and ways to improve your water.
You may have heard of nitrates in drinking water, but may not know what they are or how they affect your home’s water quality. Nitrates are nitrogen-oxygen chemical units that combine with various organic and inorganic compounds. According to the EPA, ingestion of nitrites – the conversion of nitrates taken into the body – above maximum contaminant levels by infants under six months of age can have severe health effects.