I had a hot water heater replaced in my house. Shortly thereafter, I noticed that the water flow in one of my faucets near the heater was very low. I wasn't sure, what to make of it, so I had the plumber check it out.
He took off the screen and there was a lot of fine grained debris - roughly the consistency of very fine sand. It was varying between a dark brown and a red/orange brown. The plumber said it is the resin in my water softener and that I need to replace the softener. He didn't seem to understand why it happens - he said they just go bad. He told me it would eventually clog my pipes and they would have to be blown out to clear them.I thought it was odd that this happened starting when he replaced the water heater.
I would like to confirm his assessment and understand why this is happening. The water softener is a cabinet style. The previous owners were a couple that had been living alone in their house for years after their children moved out. I have 7 members in my family, so I'm wondering if the regeneration cycle has something to do with it.
On a side note, we have also noticed a strong salty taste in the water from time to time.
I would greatly appreciate any insight into this. I can post pictures of anything if necessary. Thanks!