Last weekend, I got an education in how my salt-based water softener by
the Nelsen Corporation works.
I need to know something: Can the clay in the holding tank ever get
corrupted or ruined, so that it no longer interacts the way it should
with the salt infusion?
I had posted because of the amount of scum in the brine tank. Is there
any industry or chemical test that can find out if the clay in the
holding tank is still good?
The trouble is that the tank is in my mom's home. A sister paid for
the softener, and mom's of an age where she doesn't pay attention to
maintenance issues any longer. It wasn't until about a year and a half
after it was installed that I began to take care of it (cleaning out a
brine tank so filthy I actually sold my own home and moved in with mom
because it-- Well, it suggested mom needed more help than she was
getting). I'm so afraid the length of time the brine tank remained so
filthy somehow corrupted the holding tank.
I SHOULD point out, however, that during this time the brine tank was
routinely filled with sufficient salt pellets. I did not know this
when I posted last week, but family relatives have set me straight in
the past seven days.