Everything You Need to Know About Water Softener Salt

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What is Water Softener Salt?

Water softener salt is essential to your softener system to help remove the water’s hardness. Some water sources contain high levels of certain minerals, like calcium and magnesium. which the water-softening salt helps flush through an ion exchange. There are multiple types of softener salts you can use. Our team at Culligan Water can help find the proper grade softener salt for your system and help you avoid common mistakes people make when using softener salts. For regular water softener salt deliveries, call Culligan Water today.

How Water Softener Salt Works

Water softener salts play a vital role in turning your hard water soft. Knowing how the whole water softener system functions is essential to understanding salt’s role. When hard water enters the softener, it passes through resin beads, which attract minerals away from the water and towards the beads. At the same time, the sodium ions from the salt are attracted to the water, resulting in an exchange of mineral ions for sodium ions in the water. The salt replaces the harmful minerals in the water, like calcium and magnesium. Don’t worry! Though the water salt content is slightly higher after the exchange, it’s not nearly enough for the water to taste salty.

Types of Water Softener Salts

Finding a suitable water softener salt for your system can be tricky. Our team at Culligan Water can help you find the right type of salt for you. The most common type of water softener salt is evaporated salt pellets. These salts are generally more expensive but offer the highest concentration of pure salt, resulting in highly effective water softening. Solar salt, commonly known as sea salt, is also a great option as it has a high pure salt concentration. However, this type of salt may be less beneficial when your water level is high, as it has a slightly lower salt concentration than the evaporated salt pellets. 

Common Salt Water Softening Mistakes

At Culligan Water, we can give you tips and tricks to help prevent common mistakes people encounter when using their salt water softeners. It’s important that you use salt specifically designed for water softening in your softener. Though table salt and rock salt may seem salty to us, they don’t have enough salt concentration to treat hard water effectively and may cause a buildup of insoluble particles in your tank. Ensure you keep your salt level in the brine tank at the right level. Low salt levels can reduce the effectiveness of your water softening; overfilling with salt can result in a buildup of salt in your tank. If you have more questions about salt water softeners, call Culligan Water today.

Water Softener Salt Deliveries with Culligan Water

Schedule your hassle-free deliveries of water softener salt to your home or business with Culligan Water. We’ll keep your systems performing at their best by bringing high-quality bags of salt to your location. We can perform additional services as well like inspecting your system to ensure nothing is damaged. The process is easy and quick; schedule your softener salt delivery online today.