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Perhaps you recently added salt to your softener’s brine tank yet it already looks like it’s time to add more. Now you’re wondering if your softener is working properly and how much salt an average softener should go through?
If you own a water softener, you’ll want to check your softener’s brine tank a least once each month to make sure you have enough salt.
How often Should You Add Salt to the Brine Tank?How much salt you’ll need to add will depend on the level of “hardness” in your water and the quantity of water your household consumes. Industry standard is that the average family of four with hard water (7-10 grains per gallon hardness level) will use about 9 to 10 pounds of salt each week or one 40-lb bag of salt each month.
Having mentioned the industry standard for salt usage with a water softener, it is important to note that most water softening systems in the industry can also be adjusted to use more or less salt on a monthly basis.
The amount of salt used for each regeneration cycle will determine the amount of gallons of water that can be softened before needing to regenerate.
So there is an inherent trade off:
1) increase the amount of salt each regeneration cylce and decrease the amount of regeneration cycles over time or…
2) decrease the amount of salt each regeneration cycle but increase the amount of regeneration cycles over time.
Salt Usage IncreaseYou may find that you’re going through more than the “one-a-month” bag of salt…
Why Does the Salt in my Brine Tank Seem to Dissolve so Quickly?You may notice a difference in how quickly the salt in the brine tank seems to dissolve. This could be because you’ve changed the type of salt you’re using. For example, if you’ve gone from solar to evaporative pellets, some salt types are denser than others. Talk over the type of salt you’re using with your Tabor Water Solutions' water treatment specialist or check your system’s owner’s manual as settings can be adjusted per type of salt used.
What if I Forget to Add Salt?If you forget to check salt levels in the brine tank and run out, you simply won’t have soft water. Suddenly seeing spot on your glass shower door might be a dead give away. If you do run out of salt, keep in mind that it may take 2-3 days to get softened water throughout the house again (it usually takes more than one regeneration cycle). To guarantee a satisfactory production of softened water, the salt level should be kept at least half-full in the brine tank at all times.