I just cleaned my GE softener tank and put in 3 bags of salt pellets and added 3 gallons of water. Next morning I take a look and saw a lot of foammy enter image description herewater and a brownish mix. No salt pellets visible. Water almost to the top of tank this right?

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If you are using regular, "cheaper", rock salt instead of ones labeled for water softner use, those salts contain a lot of dirt which will produce the same results you are experiencing. Part of the problem could also be from the water itself.

  • Cheap salt combined with hard water I would say brown foam is normal.
    – Ed Beal
    May 13, 2020 at 16:26
  • Thank you! I also noticed that one of the black hoses was bent, so most likely all of the discharged water was coming back to the tank!!! As you can see, the tank was almost full of water!!! May 14, 2020 at 15:15

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