We woke up this morning to find that the brine tank overflowed. We were neg
ligent this last week and didn't fill it with salt. Also, I just installed
a water pressure tank and there was a lot of black earth residue at the bot
tom of the brine tank (and in all the lines of the house) that I have now c
leaned out. Should I just put salt in it and regenerate, or is there somet
hing else I should do?
It may help if you tell us what brand of water softener you have. Sounds
as if one of the valves is not closing tight. With the "residue" problem
I'm thinking that you need to flush the crap out of your holding tank and
pipes. Get the crud out of the brine tank too. Once your water is fairly
clear run the softener through a few cycles without salt to flush the crud
out of the valves. If that does it, great. If not you'llneed to clean or
rebuild the valves.
On Wed, 27 Aug 2014 05:17:58 -0700 (PDT), Michael Wilson
You can try manually flipping the valves to see if you can dislodge
the chunk of crud. They are operated by the silver straps that ride
It might also be crud plugging the pickup tube in the tank.
On Wednesday, August 27, 2014 9:37:56 AM UTC-5, email@example.com wrote:
negligent this last week and didn't fill it with salt. Also, I just install
ed a water pressure tank and there was a lot of black earth residue at the
bottom of the brine tank (and in all the lines of the house) that I have no
w cleaned out. Should I just put salt in it and regenerate, or is there so
mething else I should do?
I'll have a look at the pickup tube to see if it's cruddy. Appreciate the s
On Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:08:41 -0400, "David Martel"
By not knowing how the water softener works.
I had a water softener that used a timed valve to determine how much
water to put in the brine tank and the valve stuck twice, pumping salt
and water all over the basement floor. The fix was simple - a float
controlled valve in a tube down the side of the brine tank like all
the "cheap" softeners use. Low tech and effective - never another
overflow untill I scrapped it and replaced it with a new one about
8-10 years later. And the new one?? It uses a float too!!.
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