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How to Care for Your Water Softener

Your water softener does a great job of taking care of your family’s water supply by keeping your clothes and hair soft and your fixtures free of calcium buildup. With all that it does for you, don’t you think you should help it out and maintain it every once in a while? All it takes is a little bit of effort to care for your water softener and keep it running well.

How to Care for Your Water Softener

Check the Brine Tank

At least once every month, you should check the salt levels of your brine tank to ensure that they aren’t too high or low. While your manual will tell you how much salt your softener needs, typically, the tank should be half filled with salt, and the salt should be about three inches above the water. When checking the salt, make sure you break apart any clumps and stir up any mushy salt toward the bottom of the tank.

You should also make sure you’re using the right kind of salt. There are generally three different kinds — rock salt, solar salt, and evaporated salt — each with their own efficiency and price. While one may cost more than the other, the better quality salts keep your tank in better shape, longer.

Clean the Tank

If you notice your water softener isn’t working as efficiently or your home’s water has become hard, you should clean the tank.

  • Begin by shutting off the water valve and emptying the tank, removing the mesh bridge in the process.
  • Fill your tank with soapy water and let it soak for a few minutes before rinsing it out.
  • Mix ¼ cups of bleach with 2-3 gallons of water and pour the solution into your tank. Let that sit for about 15 minutes before thoroughly rinsing the tank with fresh water.
  • Lastly, refill the tank with salt and reset it in your unit.


For more information about caring for your water softener, contact the water experts at Aquarius Water Conditioning. When you want the best water in Minnesota and Wisconsin, give us a call at 888-741-9025.

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