How to Reduce Water Softener Residue


A water softener helps to reduce ions that cause water to become hard and contain magnesium and calcium. Removing these minerals helps to prevent your pipes from being clogged and produces a healthier flow of water in your home. A water softener unit uses salt particles to remove the minerals. It is beneficial to use a type of salt that will not leave a residue in your unit and that will not easily break down when it is in use.

Things You'll Need

  • Evaporated salt
  • Pre-filter
  • Rubber gloves
  • Install a pre-filter before running your unit. The dealer you purchase your unit from will help you install the pre-filter and let you know when to change it.

  • Use evaporated salt when filling your water softener unit instead of using rock salt or solar salt. Evaporated salt is more water-soluble and will not leave as much residue when your unit is empty.

  • Turn off your water supply running into the pre-filter, and close the valve to avoid any drainage. Place a large bucket under the pre-filter to catch any spillage.

  • Take off the filter casing that stores the pre-filter, and remove the old pre-filter. Wear rubber gloves. Add the new pre-filter, and place the casing back onto the unit. Turn the water supply back on.

  • Add more evaporated salt to the reservoir portion of the softener unit when performing regeneration. Some units will indicate when to add more salt, and the unit should be no more than half-full at all times.

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