4 Reasons Why You Can You Still Get Spotting Even After Fitting a Water Softener

There are many benefits that can be enjoyed by fitting a water softener in your home. Removing the minerals in your water supply can eliminate problems, such as water spotting, soap scum, the buildup of scale and the premature failure of your water using appliances. Sometimes, even after fitting a water softener, people notice water spotting on their faucets, dishes and even on their car after it’s been washed. Here are four reasons why you may still be getting water spots after you’ve fitted a water softener.4 Reasons Why You Can You Still Get Spotting Even After Fitting a Water Softener

1. Water Softeners Need Salt:

Most water softeners need salt to operate correctly, and if your brine tank is under half full, that could cause a problem. There could also be a salt bridge or dome in your brine tank that is preventing it from working as intended. A salt bridge occurs when a hard layer of salt form at the top of the salt pile near the brine tank and it’s supported at the edges of the tank. This will create a gap where the salt is prevented from dissolving in the water and the softening cannot take place. This crust of salt needs to be broken up with a broom handle or coat hanger.  Also, “salt mushing” may have occurred.  This is a deposit of dissolved salt that has formed a sediment at the bottom of the brine tank. The salt mushing will stop your system from regenerating, and the system will need to be drained entirely, refilled with water and then new salt added.

2. Essential Maintenance is Required:

Like any piece of complex equipment, a water softener needs periodic essential maintenance to ensure that everything is working correctly. It may be the case that your system is not setup correctly to suit your needs and this will affect the quality of your supplied water. Another common issue is that the resin beads need to be cleaned regularly. This normally occurs when the water softener cycle recharges the media, but it’s also necessary to flush the resin bed every now and again to maintain performance.

3. Total Dissolved Solids (TDS):

A water softener will reduce the amounts of certain minerals, such as calcium, iron, and magnesium, in your water supply, but they will not reduce the amount of TDS present. TDS is the organic and inorganic matter that has been dissolved in the water, such as salts, chemicals, and other minerals. Water that has high quantities of TDS will leave behind a residue or film when the water carrying it has evaporated.

4. Sodium in Soft Water:

The reason why a water softener cannot reduce TDS is that they use an ion exchange process to replace unwanted hard minerals with sodium ions. The sodium ions are exchanged with magnesium, calcium and iron ions in the water on a one to one basis. The higher the mineral content of the water running through the softener, the more sodium ions that are needed to soften the water. This can result in water that is quite high in sodium content, the water will still be soft, but there could be salt spots or powdery residues left behind after cleaning. This is easily removed with a clean cloth, and it’s preferable to the damage caused by hard water.

By Mark Williams (NicMar President Mark Williams holds degrees in Applied Science and Industrial Thermodynamics, along with Agricultural Mechanization and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University. He also holds the highest possible industry ranking, being WQA (Water Quality Association) LEVEL 6 Certified.)

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