Question: With regards to a water softener, would the lack of adding
salt to a water softener bin actually result in damage to the entire
assembly (i.e. pump). Any good sources where this is addressed? If
damage would not occur OR if it would be over a lengthy time (please
provide estimate of how long it would take), please advise.
PS: Being sued by landlord for new water softener as he alleges lack
of salt damaged entire pump/assembly.
looks like your hard water can cause even further damage:
"Hard water causes two problems:
It can cause "scale" to form on the inside of pipes, water heaters, tea
kettles and so on. The calcium and magnesium precipitate out of the
water and stick to things. The scale doesn't conduct heat well and it
also reduces the flow through pipes. Eventually, pipes can become
completely clogged. "
The landlord's claim is likely BS, based on malice, ignorance or greed .
Failure to add salt will result in the zeolite becoming loaded with calcium
and magnesium. Thereafter it will continue to go through recharge cycles
but will not soften the water. When salt is added, the zeolite will be
recharged and the water will again be softened. I would condition this
comment only if you were on a well with very unusual water.
The only moving part in a water softener is a rotary valve mechanism driven
by a small electric motor. There are no pumps.
Water softeners do wear out. Normal life seems to be in the 10 to 20 year
range. I am on my third in 40 years. The second softener was repaired
twice during it's functioning lifetime. The present GE model failed after 2
years of operation but I was able to get it back in operation by a gimmick
fix. Don't know how long that will hold.
Damaged a pump assembly for what the softener, How old is it, everything
wears out, how long a time without salt. How can he prove you didnt use
salt. Was it new when you moved in, what about the last tennant that did
Not use salt. I dont know softeners or your water, call a local pro and
ask, but likely landlord BS.
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