You lost me at the beginning. Why do you believe that the problems with
your water heater are caused by the softener. Anode rods should last for
Don't know much about them but you may wish to investigate powered
Find the unit and use the bypass valve. Find the make and model and then
get a manual. All of the softeners I have ever had that I put salt into had
a method of changing the settings. They even came with a test kit.
Or call a plumber for service to the unit.
Adjusting the salt dose adjusts the capacity (K grains) of the softener
which establishes the regeneration schedule; number of gallons or
number of days between regenerations BUT, not the 'softness' of the
water between regenerations.
And I'm sorry but, most plumbers (and well drillers), although they
should, don't know much about servicing softeners or other water
treatment equipment other than that they are installed in the cold
water line.... So only call a plumber, or well driller, that knows the
equipment or call a water treatment dealer.
Quality Water Associates
To make it easier to understand, let's clear up the terminology. Water is
either soft or hard. If it is soft, it is soft and it is not more soft or
too soft. So now we know that if the water is not soft it is hard. There
are, however, degrees of hardness. Sounds like you want to go from soft to
some degree of hardness. I've heard your complaint from a few others as
they just can't seem to get used to being really clean and not having
minerals deposited on their bodies. Feels like the soap is not rinsed off
because your hand slides so easily. I'm a bit surprised about your
girlfriend's hair though, as mot like the feel and appearance of hair washed
in soft water. Years ago, people used to save rainwater for just that
reason; washing hair.
The salt is just used as a carrier to exchange ions.
You can read more here http://www.lenntech.com/water-softener-FAQ.htm
Water softeners are specific ion exchangers that are designed to remove
ions, which are positively charged.
Softeners mainly remove calcium (Ca2+) and magnesium (Mg2+) ions. Calcium
and magnesium are often referred to as 'hardness minerals'.
Softeners are sometimes even applied to remove iron. The softening devices
are able to remove up to five milligrams per litre (5 mg/L) of dissolved
Softeners can operate automatic, semi-automatic, or manual. Each type is
rated on the amount of hardness it can remove before regeneration is
A water softener collects hardness minerals within its conditioning tank and
from time to time flushes them away to drain.
Ion exchangers are often used for water softening. When an ion exchanger is
applied for water softening, it will replace the calcium and magnesium ions
in the water with other ions, for instance sodium or potassium. The
exchanger ions are added to the ion exchanger reservoir as sodium and
potassium salts (NaCl and KCl).
You might get a better "feel" from the water if you recharge with
potassium chloride rather than sodium chloride. It is a little less
soluble than sodium, and more environmentally friendly on the
discharge. It is, however, more expensive.-Jitney
Much thanks to all of you. I am tryig to get in contact with the
builder for manuals. I will also look for manuals on-line (once I get
home and get the make/model of the equipment). After reading all your
responses, I may try to "get used to" the soft water as I see it as a
benefit now. I do not drink the water so the salt content is not an
issue. The womans hair is definately greasy though. I am going to
give the water system a good cleaning to make sure there is nothing
else in the water that would cause that to happen. She did try to
rinse her hair this morning with a bottle or store bought water and her
hair was NOT greasy. I will post the outcome after some manual
reading. Thanks again!
LOTS of posts in the past have asserted the amount of sodium chloride
is NOT an issue. Our softener works for everything but toilets and
hose bibs, for 28 years.
On 4 Nov 2005 07:28:33 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
It's most people's experience that while the water feels more slippery,
cleaning with soap is more effective with soft water than hard. Your
experience seems to be the exact opposite.
As another experiment, get her to try a different shampoo - especially one
that's a bit more natural soap based not-quite-so-exotic. As one to try,
try Johnson's baby shampoo, and see if it works any better. If it does,
it may be something odd about the shampoo she was previously using, and she
just needs to look around for something different.
Chris Lewis, Una confibula non set est
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