The easiest way to replenish your water softener’s salt supply is to keep a track of the schedule when you last refilled it. But the schedule also depends on a few important factors like
For those who do not have a regular schedule for refilling the salt, there is an obvious factor that indicates the softener is running low on salt – the difference in water quality. Once you start using a water softener the water quality in your home evidently improves. And it becomes very easy to notice the change in quality. You will start noticing the common hard water issues like soap scum, dishes taking longer than usual to get cleaned, soap not lathering well during shower, dull clothes, rough hair, dry skin, etc. If you begin to notice these problems, it is time to refill the salt in your water softener.
To check the salt level in your water softener, first, locate the brine chamber. Brine chamber is where a highly concentrated solution of salt or potassium is stored. In some water softeners like KENT Bathroom Water Softener, the brine chamber is transparent and can be easily located. Open the lid on top of the chamber and check. If you see water at the bottom of the tank, it is time to add salt to it. Ensure that you manually scratch any salt that might be sticking to the walls of the brine chamber to avoid build-up.
Yes, it can cause damage to your faucets and fixtures while causing brine tank to overflow if you are not careful.
If you forget to add salt to the water softener when it is due, the softening process will get affected and you will get hard water in your home. Also, not adding salt for long will saturate the water softening resin with hard minerals.
It is always recommended to keep your brine chamber at least one-quarter full of salt. At all times, the salt level should be above the water.