Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Care and Feeding of a Water Softener

One would think that if you have a water softener, all you have to do is feed it salt PRN (that is as needed in medical speak). Wrong.  I fed it salt.  It doesn't work.  My hair is brittle, my dishes are white...a true sign of hard water filled with nasty minerals. I knew what I had to do.

It is called a salt bridge.  You put salt into a water softener. However, sometimes the weight of the salt plus the water, hardens into a solid chunk of salt. This renders the water softener useless.

You can pay a plumber $100/hour to come remove the salt bridge or you can take an old pan and manually dig it out yourself.  UGH!  I knew what I had to do.  Between the old pan, the garden spade (used as a chopper when I got to the solid chunk of salt) and a Rubbermaid container, I was successful in getting the ole' water softener working again.

Geez, I hate that job!

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