Examining Salt Choices for Your Water Softener

If you have considered a water softener for your home, you may be a little overwhelmed by the softener salt choices and whether this will affect your choice of unit. Since there are crystals, blocks, rock, table and pellet salt, a choice of evaporated or solar salt pellets or even the options of potassium chloride or salt pellets, it is easy to see how making the right decision could be a problem. So, here we will explore the salt choices available for water softening.Examining Salt Choices for Your Water Softener

Salt Options:

There are three main options for sodium chloride or salt for your water softener/ water conditioner. These are pellets, crystal or block salt. Pellets tends to be the most common and least costly option and these tend to be more readily available compared to potassium pellets.

Evaporated salt pellets are considered to have the highest rate of purity and are usually the most expensive. A high purity rating means that there is less water insoluble matter that can cause mushing or bridging in your tank that will need to be cleaned.

Solar salt pellets is usually offered in pellet or crystal form, and it is produced from evaporating sea water. This form of salt tends to be more soluble compared to rock salt, but it may not be as effective as evaporated salt if you have very high water hardness levels. Most brands of solar salt contain 99.6 percent pure salt, compared to the 99.9 percent in evaporated salt.

Rock salt looks a little like small pebbles, and it is one of the cheapest products. The reason it tends to be cheaper is that it often contains high calcium sulfate levels, which don’t dissolve in water. For this reason, it is not usually recommended as it can cause maintenance issues.

Block salt are fully submerged in the brine tank to maximize brine formation. This is not usually recommended unless a water specialist recommends raising the brine tank levels.

Potassium Chloride:

There is another option for your water softener; potassium chloride. This can be used instead of sodium chlorine in your brine tank for regenerating your softener resin. Many consider potassium chloride if they are concerned about their sodium intake, as it is 99.9 percent sodium free.

The main drawbacks of potassium chloride are that it tends to be harder to find and more expensive. If you want to switch to potassium chloride from salt, you may need to increase your salt dosage program settings by 10 percent. This may be necessary to ensure that your resin is properly regenerated. You will need to check with your water treatment professional to ensure that your settings are correct and your water softener can continue to function correctly.

The salt levels in your brine tank need to be checked at least once a month, and you need to ensure that you are using the best salt for your softener. Although it may cost a little more to replenish your salt levels, it could provide you with greater softener effectiveness and minimize maintenance issues. A reverse osmosis will eliminate sodium introduced by a softener

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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