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I shut my system down for 4 days while on vacation and then turned it back on when I returned home. Now the salt tank is full of water and I don't think the water is being softened. The dishwasher has sandblasted glasses and plates. How can I fix this so the water will reclcle? I tried overriding the system and recyling it but it didn't change anything.

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It sounds like the eductor assembly is plugged. This will cause it to not draw brine but it will keep refilling the salt tank. Let me know which model it is and I can walk you through the steps to correct the problem.
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Culligan water softener manual


You are likely using a rock salt and what you are seeing is a build up of dirt and fine sand because rock salt isn't clean... it's got rocks in it. Clean your tank out and rinse it thoroughly with a hose. Be sure to clean out your 3" tube (brine well) and under the salt platform if you have one. Start with a clean salt like System Saver II or Crystal Plus. Never fill your salt tank over half full. Always let your salt be used down to the water level. IF the salt at the water level is soft and pasty don't add more; tip the salt tank until the salt is raised along one side or corner to above the water level when you stand the tank up carefully. This will allow all the water in the tank to become brine (saturated solution).


IF you are using potassium instead of salt, the brown is a natural component. Don't worry about it although it never hurts to clean your brine tank yearly.

Aug 04, 2014 | Water Dispensing & Filtration

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Water softener salt bridging


One of the most frequent problems with water softening systems is salt bridging in the salt/brine tank. There are several reasons for salt bridging to occur. This generally occurs when pellet type salts or potassium chloride is used to regenerate the water softening system. Pellet type salts contain binding agents that in turn give the salt a very starchy consistency when wet. As water evaporates in the brine tank the pellet salts partially dissolve, bind together and form a "salt bridge" in the tank. Potassium chloride (Kcl) acts in the same way. Excess water in the salt tank, with high salt levels, can also cause salt bridging. Improper softener brining and lack of proper brine refill will cause bridging to occur as well.

What is the best way to alleviate these problems?

1. When using pellet type salts or potassium chloride only keep the salt tank about 1/2 full. This prevents too much compaction of the salts and helps to prevent bridging. When using potassium chloride get the salt tank off the floor on a wooden platform to prevent wicking of moisture from concrete floors.

2. Use a high grade of salt. Most water treatment dealers use either
DuraCube or HardiCube water softener salts produced by Cargill Corp.
Cargill has a link to find dealers in your area.
https://saltapps.cargill.com/cargillsalt/product_locator_new.asp

Solar Salt is another option as the crystal structure is very hard and virtually impossible to bridge. This is also available from many Cargill salt dealers and in stores.

3. Let the salt tank run down to 80-100lbs of salt or potassium a couple times per year to help prevent buildup of dissolved salts in brine tank.

4. Yearly maintenance of the water treatment system helps also. Restrictions in the brining system (injector/eductor assembly) caused by sediment and oxidized iron buildup cause improper brining and too much water in salt tank during refill. Have this assembly cleaned yearly. Have the water tested to see if the water chemistry or usage have changed and adjustments to the system are necessary.

5. Avoid using rock salts to prevent buildup of sediment in brine tank (which causes service problems).

Practice these tips and you will have fewer water softener problems and more consistent quality softened water.

I wish you good water!
H2O Services

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on May 17, 2011 | Water Dispensing & Filtration

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What is Salt Bridging in a Culligan Water Softener


Salt bridging can occur in any water softener "salt tank". A salt bridge occurs when a hard crust of salt develops across the salt tank when the salt wicks up moisture. The salt does not fall down in the salt tank in between regenerations and a "bridge" occurs. It may look like the salt tank is full but there will be a hollow area at the bottom of the salt tank and not enough salt to develop the proper brine for regeneration of softener. This generally happens when the salt tank is a least 1/2 full of salt. If the system has a separate salt tank, shaking the tank will break the bridge usually. Gently poking a stick at the bridge can break it up also but can damage the salt grid if you poke the stick too far down in the salt tank. Certain salts, such as pellet salt are highly prone to this problem. Using Dura Cube, Hardi Cube or Solar salt will greatly reduce the chance of bridging. Any time a salt bridge occurs it will take 3 regenerations of the water softener (in 24 hrs), after fixing it, to regain the reserve capacity and totally soft water.
RJ

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What preventive maintenance should be carried out on salt water sofeteners


in as far was the water softener you need to do your salt tank, about every two years let the salt get low. when its hit a low point with proper safety gear face mask and eye cover and gloves remove the old salt and wash out the tank. then install new salt dispose of the old salt. I bury mine where I dont want grass th grow.

The tank itself should be cleaned and re charged about every 3 years fo a family of 4, If you have a double tank system you can go 4 years.

In as far as what can you do for a fauect and valves just keep the outside clean, like a watter heater spray the pipes with WD 40 inside the pipes under the sink WD 40 them on top just keep them clean with soap and water. If you see a spot that is starting to rot. Take a tooth brush and (an OLD ONE) brush the area. now take so food oil and wipe it down let it sit for a hour then with a dry cloth buff the area. repeat when needed.

I hope that I covered everything you were looking for

Be safe and have fun

Tom

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Sep 11, 2011 | Plumbing

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Don't think its working was shut down over winter how do I get it to restart? Unplugged it and back in nothing is happening.


Please make sure the unit has not been bypassed. After plugging the unit is plugged back in, reset the Time of Day, check to see if it keeps proper time. If it is keeping the proper time, start the unit into a manual cycle. The first cycle (backwash) should take 10-15 minutes. So see if it progresses through the cycles. You will need to regenerate 2x to get soft water back. Also make sure the salt in tank is not "bridged" causing a large block at top, but no brine in bottom of salt tank.
If the system does not keep time you will need to replace the timer/drive motor.
RJ

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Just purchased and installed Intex salt water system. It shows low flow and now, after 5 days of installment, the water is completely green (expecting Swam Thing to come out!) I need your guidance to...


Seems like you may not have the pump and the salt chlorinator in sync... If your water is dark green and not a big pool, you may want to drain and refill, if you have a large pool, you may want to shock and then try the following...
1.Make sure you have added the correct amount of salt...
2.Set your timer for your pump for 12 hrs.
3.Wait 15 minutes and then turn on your intex salt water system..
4.Set you hrs of operation on your salt water system for 10 to 11 hrs...
5.After running the system for 3 days, check your chlorine level..

If water clears and chlorine level is high, adjust the time.. You will have to re-sync the pump and chlorinator.. If the pump turns off before the chlorinator finishes it's cycle, you will get a "LOW FLOW" alarm..
I hope this helps and good luck.. Please rate and comment on the information provided.

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I don't have a problem, just a question. I recently purchased a home with a GE Smartwater softening system installed Model GXSF23Z01. What do I need to do to maintain this system. Does it require salt?...


Check the time of day, and make sure it's accuate. Reset if necessary. Add salt if it's low. It's always best to let the salt level run low (about 1-2") so it doesn't mush. Only add 80-100 lbs at a time for best results. This particular softener doesn't keep a water level in the tank, so you won't see any water in the salt area. If there is standing water in the salt area, that could mean it's not working the way it should. Here is a link to the owners manual. It's in PDF format

http://products.geappliances.com/MarketingObjectRetrieval/Dispatcher?RequestType=PDF&Name=003674144.PDF

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My iphone 4 submerged in water and sence then the flash is on please advice


Turn it off!
If the water was salty, it gets a bit harder and riskier. If it was a salty water, you have to first put your phone in a non-salty water to get the salt off. Don't leave it there for long, just long enough for the salt to be gone. The time it took in the water it was dropped in is a good choice.
Now remember the first step, turn it off!
Wait for a couple of days. Wait as long as 4 to 5 days to be sure, because it takes really long for the phone to dry. Don't use a hair dryer! Don't put it on a heater. Just put it someplace dry and cool, not direct under the sunlight but also not in dark.
After waiting that long, hopefully your phone will return back to life. If not, you have also lost your chance with the Apple service, because they don't cover water damage. Try your luck though.

Apr 14, 2011 | Apple iPhone Smartphone

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Ice maker has quit working


Sounds like the water port to the ice maker is frozen. Do a complete defrost - shut off power for at least a day or more then turn back on and see what happens.

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