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Should there be any water in the tank with the salt?

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Yes or else it won't dissolve the salt to take it into the system

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Why doesn't my water softener have water in it.


The tank is not *filled* with water - it is filled with salt. There is some water in the tank - as long as you are using salt, the brine tank is working. Have a look at this video below:

Jun 10, 2015 | Washing Machines

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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!
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on May 17, 2011 | Water Dispensing & Filtration

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How can I solve the problem of the salt tank filling up with water?


This is not a problem. This is working as designed.

The salt tank gradually dissolves the salt in water to rejuvenate the water softener chemically. Once the salt is exhausted it needs replacing, but there is always water in the salt container.

Mar 19, 2015 | Dishwashers

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Why is water sitting in the tank and how do we get it to drain so we can add salt?


the salt water is what removes the calcium and lime from the other tank containing the compound zeolite that does the actual softning of the water the salt tank should have water in it drain some out pour in salt

Oct 10, 2014 | Northstar North Star Water Softener , Flow...

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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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Waterside water softener model MC250 Dear Sir, Salt level did not go down during regeneration. I poured 2 pints of warm water to break solidified tablet salt, I found moist salt, but very little water in...


the salt in use should water softener salt and nothing else
there is water added to the salt crystals up to the overflow hole
during regeneration that salty water (Brime) is drawn into the unit and upon finishing the process that reserve is refilled for the next time
there is little salt actually used during the regeneration process ( around 4 regenerations to a 25 kg bad )

Apr 13, 2017 | Dishwashers

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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

Oct 27, 2011 | Culligan Sediment Water Filter

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Hard water, salt in in tank, what do i do


Make sure there is not a "Salt Bridge" in salt tank. Salt tank should always be at least 1/2 full of salt.
You may have just run out of soft water, run 2 manual regenerations in 24hr period. If no soft water still. The eductor assembly is plugged with iron or sediment and needs to be cleaned out. The eductor assembly is where the brine is drawn through to regenerate the resin.
RJ

Aug 12, 2010 | Culligan Sediment Water Filter Heavy Duty

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How much salt?


You should always keep the salt tank at least 1/2 full of salt. Use Dura Cube or Hardi Cube salt to prevent bridging and the buildup of sediment in salt tank. If the salt runs low in salt tank there will not be sufficient brine created to regenerate the resin and hard water will occur.
RJ

Apr 19, 2010 | Culligan Sediment Water Filter Heavy Duty

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Dirty Water in water softner tank


Solar salt is full of sediment and even stones at times. Al that white scum on top is the reaction between the salt and sediments in solar salt. All that sediment gets drawn into valve during brining and causes many problems. That stuff is cra***. Use either Dura cube or Hardi cube salt and you will not have this problem again. It is available from most water treatment dealers
RJ

Dec 29, 2009 | Culligan Sediment Water Filter Heavy Duty

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