Our system installation order-
5 micron water filter
Eco-mist (by Lancaster water treatment)
Untreated Hardness- 17 (before a softener was ever installed)
FORMER treated Hardness- 7
Current treated Hardness- unknown- test results should be in later
I just changed the salt from Sodium chloride to Potassium chloride in
our water softener.
The following has occurred immediately after changing the salt;
The water now "feels" like the water softening isn't occurring to the
extent it was previously, that is- I don't feel the "oily" feeling of
the water when I take a shower. Spotting is occurring on dishes in
the dishwasher. Lathering is good, however.
What I've already done after replacing the salt-
1. Performed 2 "regenerations"
2. Checked all piping connections for leaks
Anyone have any idea what's wrong?
I just the latest water results back.
Hardness- 1 (corrected previous water Hardness- 0 and not 7 as I had
Here's the bottom line- Potassium Chloride produces a different "feel"
on your skin when showering. It DOES NOT give an oily feeling as
Sodium Chloride does. While Potassium Chloride is more expensive
(about $11 a bag) I'm more satisfied with it than Sodium
Chloride....for various reasons.
The softener is allowing hard water through it because you are using
potassium instead of sodium chloride. See my previous post above. Your
water has 1 or more gpg of hardness in it, that changes the feel of
the water because the softener is not removing all the hardness in the
raw water as it should be.
Quality Water Associates
and you_miss_that oily feeling!? Use a spot-remover in the dishwasher
(Jet-Dry or the like). Using Potassium is better for you than the
Sodium. Usually folks don't get enough Potassium in their diets and way
too much Sodium.
althought? You are correct that sodium affects everyone differently,
but eating 'loads' of it and thinking that is ok isn't good judgement.
There is no 'average' blood pressure. There are Normal/High-Normal/High
BP readings. Normal is below 130/85. I've been dealing with this over
40yrs, anyway this is a Home Improvement place, not Self-Improvement.
On Wed, 7 Mar 2007 06:57:37 -0600, email@example.com wrote:
Mine is usually 110/70 and on occasion 100/80, 120/60, or just as even
100/60. I get a moderate amount of exercise.
I go through a full 28 oz. cylinder of salt every year, plus whatever
I eat in other ways. If I get arterosclerosis, my blood pressure
will likely go up, but it won't be because of sodium.
It may not be a term used in medicine, but there is bound to be an
average. You take all the blood pressures you know and add them
together and divide by the number of people.
I'm not trying to make you feel bad, just to present the other side of
I brought it up because you said "Using Potassium is better for you
than the Sodium.". IMO, you brought up self-improvement, and I wanted
to keep the record straight, that extra sodium can be very bad for
some people, but for some (I don't know how many) it isn't.
My mother had some kind of trouble sleeping and after excluding other
reasons, she thought maybe that she was allergic to her down or
feather pillows, and she got foam or some synthetic instead. After a
few months or even years, I asked her if they helped, and she said she
didn't think so, she still had the same problem. So I suggested she
go back to her feather/down pillows, which I think are more
comfortable. But she was not willing. At one point, she thought
acidopholus milk would be better for her, and after a few months I
asked her about that. Again, no improvement, but she didn't want to
go back to the regular milk. Despite my mother's many other wonderful
qualities, that's no way to be. Your personal life prompted you to
post, and my personal life prompted me to post.
I hope we are cool.
Did you change your hardness setting when you changed from sodium
chloride to potassium chloride?
See, for example:
"2. You may use a salt substitute (such as potassium chloride) in place
of water conditioner salt. If you start with water conditioner salt, you
can switch to a salt substitute at any time - or vice versa. If
potassium chloride is used in place of nugget or pellet salt, increase
your hardness setting by 12% (multiply by 1.12). Do not use Potassium
Chloride if there is iron in your water."
On Mar 6, 8:06 am, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Your AN filter adds hardness to the water to buffer the acidity in the
raw water, so you must size and set up the softener for the hardness
after the filter.
And then... potassium chloride is not as efficient as sodium chloride.
All softening resins are made in the sodium form, not potassium form.
So you have to increase the salt dose when you use potassium.
Quality Water Associates
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