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Adding salt pellets direct to home water tank

Ignorant advice from Home Depot - confirmed to be ignorant. And wrong. Water softener salt does not soften water. Water softener salt displaces the calcium (and other) ions bound to water softener ...
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Unsure what these water softener dials are for

The first (the small one with the arrows) turns a large wheel to adjust the time. This time, I assume, is supposed to be the current time. Yes The second is a dial that goes from 1 to 12 with little ...
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Can I improve this water softener installation?

Longer flex lines, not shorter. I have a very similar situation. I used braided lines rather than corrugated, but the bends are similar. In my case they protrude at a higher point. By using longer ...
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Water softener unused for 11 months—safe to use?

Culligan recommends sanitizing the water softener if it has sat unused for a week or more. This applies to their High Efficiency models from 2011 onward. Excerpt from the installation and maintenance ...
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Why are water softeners a domestic installation?

Water "hardness" varies widely between municipalities, and many homes are on different wells even within cities. Even where the city provides water it's a matter of personal taste whether ...
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Water softener works, but water is still hard

It's possible that the hardness of your water supply has changed over time and that your softener is working just fine to the old setting but that it's no longer enough for the new level. I would ...
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Adding salt pellets direct to home water tank

Will adding the Water Softener Salt Pellets to our tank actually help, and if so how much do we add? Would we just add it when we get the tank filled, or every day/week? Goodness, no. Water softener ...
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Salty water occasionally when showering

Forgot to update. The water conditioning company said it's not because of the regeneration time. They said that it's a fairly common issue where drain and/or control valves are dirty and either need ...
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Plumbing - Particles / Debris In Faucets and Toilets - Water Softener Going Bad?

No disrespect to you or your plumber, but I would be suspicious of any person who is able to predict the demise of an appliance by reading mineral andiron deposits in an aerator screen. It is common ...
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Can I improve this water softener installation?

It doesn't look like you can add two 90 degree reducing elbows, 1" to 3/4" and short nipples, to the unit but you could do it to the supply side, 3/4" elbow and short nipple pointing up ...
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Forgot to add salt to my water softener - how many regens do I need?

Analytic solution: go buy some hardness test strips (pool and spa section) and keep running regens until it stops going down, or at least until it reaches an acceptable level. You can also save a lot ...
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Are the resin beads inside old water softeners flammable?

I would highly doubt that they are flammable. Water softener beads are made from zeolites, which are aluminosilicates (minerals containing aluminium, silicon, and oxygen). They are much more similar ...
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Water softener beads in the system

Sounds like the riser pipe is broken. Your softener will need to be rebedded (emptied, and then refilled, and obviously a new riser pipe installed). To clear out your system, really the only way is ...
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Can I feed water coming from a water softener into a water heater?

The main issue with feeding artificially softened water into a storage hot water heater is that softening water makes the water more conductive. This isn't a big deal, except for the fact that the ...
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When do tankless water heaters need to be descaled?

Scale will always occur except in extremely unusual circumstances that only cover 10% of the human population who obtains extremely low-calcium water in extremely wet regions like the Pacific ...
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How reliable are the following methods to treat hard water for home use?

Magnetic and electronic water softening devices do not reduce the level of calcium, magnesium, etc in your water. Don't waste your money on them. Resin water softeners that require salt are the best ...
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P trap won't drain from water softener

It was the slope, when cutting in the p trap I changed the slope of the existing 2" drain pipe, and caused it to back up. Re-did it and ensured the slope was correct and checked with a hose and a ...
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Water softener works, but water is still hard

It is not unusual for the resin to be partially deactivated by iron compounds. The iron contamination just covers the surface, and interferes with access for ion exchange. It can be cleaned; I found ...
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How can we get mostly soft water from our water softener?

You can set up a de-slimer like my water softener guy set up for me when I bought my house. My water softener puts out totally softened water with 0 grains per gallon of hardness, and it would feel ...
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Can I attach a water softener drain to my gutter drain?

Broadly speaking, most drains are either sewage or storm. Storm for the outside - gutters, runoff, etc. Sewage for the inside - toilets, sinks, dishwashers, laundry, tubs/showers, etc. Generally ...
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What is the cheapest way to make well water with 800ppm TDS suitable for bathing and washing dishes?

Ask Coke Are there any restaurants (or convenience stores/gas stations with a soda fountain that use your same water? Because Coke and Pepsi have stringent requirements for the water that goes into a ...
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How to clean water softer salt tank without disconnecting?

Try triggering several regeneration cycles. This may flush some of the material out. After that a wet vacuum to suck everything that is left. Added as an answer.
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Is it safe to discharge a water softener into a saltwater swimming pool?

It will depend what's in your water, among other things - the last place I used a softener, the clear water iron made the softener discharge a very rusty orange. Not exactly appealing for a pool. If ...
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Is this a workable water softener plan?

Yes, You have neglected to show how any particular sized water softener would fit onto a shelf table size of 15" x 20"; let alone get it into that space. Also you will need a riser on the softener ...
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What would cause a brand new water softener to not soften water?

Turns out @Ecnerwal was correct about my testing being flawed. The softener appears to be working fine. As he mentioned, it makes 100% sense that a TDS meter will measure exactly the same before and ...
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Can a water softener bypass value be used as a temporary shut off value?

Some valves can, some cannot. Yours, unfortunately, cannot act as a shut-off. If you're going to go through the trouble of modifying the plumbing, don't cap the line: add an inline valve on your ...
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Water softener installation

The main water line will go in the house far enough to get a good spot to tie in a water conditioner. I had mine in the crawlspace, it was 3' tall and I dug it into the dirt to get the height needed ...
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Spilled pvc primer in water softener tank?

If, you are speaking of the salt tank and not the water softner, since the water softner should be a sealed unit, just remove the salt and flush out the tank and install new salt. By the way, how did ...
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What is this stuff at the bottom of my brine tank?

Usually a brown color discoloration in a water system, such as a softener unit, is due to iron. Iron combines with oxygen to form iron oxide which is reddish brown in color. You may be more familiar ...
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RO System Install

Putting the RO system in the kitchen isn't the best place for it, it's simply the easiest. Put the RO system in the mechanical room connected to a cold soft water line. Draining in the mechanical ...
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