Which Water Softener Salt Is Right for You?

June 15, 2018 5:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Is your home suffering from hard water? If you purchase a water softener in Shelby County, OH from Fogt Water Conditioning, you can vastly improve the quality of the water being used in your home. Once we’ve installed your water softener, filling the brine tank with water softener salt is the final step before you can enjoy the improved water quality. Fortunately, we are an authorized Dura-Cube salt retailer and perform on-demand deliveries for all your water softening needs.

Water softener salt is available in pellet, crystal and block salt form. Pellets are the most popular option, and are usually less expensive than the alternatives.

Here’s a closer look at some of the different types of water softener salts:

  • Evaporated salt: Evaporated salt has the highest purity rate, but tends to be a bit more expensive. The higher the salt quality, the less mess you’ll have to deal with. Impure salt leaves insoluble buildup at the bottom of the tank that will need to be cleaned out before it can be refilled.
  • Rock salt: Made up of small rocks or pebbles, this is the rawest kind of salt among the other types listed. Since it contains other traces of insoluble minerals, there may be a lot to clean up at the bottom of your tank.
  • Solar salt: Solar salt, also known as sea salt, is available for purchase in crystal pellet form and made through evaporating seawater. Solar salt is 99.6 percent pure salt and more soluble than rock salt, but may not work as well as evaporated salt.
  • Block salt: Block salt is exactly what it sounds like—a giant block of salt. This type of salt is not recommended unless specifically instructed by your water technician. If you’re interested in trying block salt, talk to your technician and he will raise your water level to ensure proper submersion and use.

There are other options to consider, as well:

  • Potassium: Potassium is a safe and healthy substitute. This option has become popular among those who worry about having too much salt in their water.
  • Hydrogen or hydrogen peroxide: Although hydrogen and hydrogen peroxide are known as chemical compounds, they can be used to treat hard water. They are effective cleaning catalysts and eliminate germs and bacteria floating in your water. Most homeowners add a small amount to their drinking water to increase purity. To increase your water softener quality, add hydrogen or hydrogen peroxide to your current softening salt, instantly purifying and softening your water.

Finally, keep in mind that brine tank maintenance is a crucial matter that you’ll need to keep up on to enjoy a hassle-free water softener experience. Check your salt level at least once a month. For maximum performance, the salt in the brine tank should always be at least 3-4 inches above the water level. Monitor your salt levels, and if they fall below one-quarter, you run the risk of not having the highest water quality. Before adding new salt to the brine tank, make sure any large pieces are broken up to ensure proper dispersion.

Refreshing water is only a phone call away. Contact Fogt Water Conditioning today to speak with one of our experts about installing a water softener in Shelby County, OH!

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