Why Did My Water Softener Make My Water Taste Salty?

July 17, 2018 6:49 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Have you ever had a glass of water from your tap that had a salty aftertaste? For people who use water softeners for their water purification in Shelby County, OH, this tends to be a problem in the mornings, because the internal seals in the valve often leak salty water into cold water lines during regeneration cycles. Most of the time, this regeneration cycle occurs between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. a couple times a week.

If you use water in your home while that regeneration happens, the valve might allow that salt water rinsing out the tank to leak into your cold water line. This super salty water will remain there when you get up in the morning to brush your teeth or make coffee.

This is an especially common problem with valves made by Autotrol, as they use flapper valve discs that are only held closed by water pressure. Therefore, if you flush a toilet, the pressure will drop enough to open up a valve that should remain closed during the “brine rinse” cycle, which could result in some of that salty water leaking into your house lines. This can happen in any valve that has internal seals that have been worn down, but if you keep the time of day set correctly for the regeneration cycle and don’t get up and use water in the middle of the night, you shouldn’t wake up to salty-tasting water.

Why it’s important to prevent salty water from accumulating in lines

Water that has a salty aftertaste isn’t just unpleasant to drink. It can also result in damage to the pipes and boilers in your home. In addition, while the salty water isn’t hazardous to your health, it could still cause some unpleasant side effects due to the higher levels of sulfates, including diarrhea. Plus, if you’re on a sodium-sensitive diet, you’ll probably want to avoid any unnecessary salt in your drinking water.

If you do experience this problem, though, never fear—you’ll be able to clear this salty water from your plumbing by simply running the water for a minute or so. If it takes much longer than that, you might be experiencing problems such as a clogged injector, drain line or bad connection at the o-ring of the distributor tube.

If you’re unsure what’s causing the salty taste, it can be a good idea to have your water (and all home water systems) tested to determine the source of the problem. You can find a water testing lab in your area on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s website. If you get your water from a private well, the EPA might not necessarily have the authority to test your water, which means you might need to take some extra steps to get this test arranged and performed.

For more information about what causes salty-tasting water (especially in the mornings) and how you can resolve the issue, we encourage you to contact Fogt Water Conditioning about water purification in Shelby County, OH.

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