A brine tank is a device used to hold salt for a water softener.

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Cleaning Your Brine Tank

How often do you clean your water softener’s brine tank?  I’m sure not often.  It’s a household chore homeowners don’t often think about or perform until there is an issue with their water.  This isn’t a household chore that needs to be completed often, but maybe once a year.  Since all water softener salt has impurities or water insoluble matter, these impurities will settle on the bottom of the brine tank. They will sit on the bottom of the brine tank and during regeneration will enter the water softener potentially causing a malfunction with your water softener.

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Salt Tank Bridge

The water in your home doesn’t feel soft.  The water softener sounds like it’s making soft water and the salt tank is full of salt, but the water doesn’t seem or feel right. After weeks the salt in your salt tank hasn’t moved any closer to the bottom.  The effects of hard water are present throughout the home.  You think to yourself, what could it possibly be?

When this occurs in your home, it is likely a salt bridge.  A salt bridge can be described as salt crusted together to form an empty space between the salt and the water in the salt tank. It appears there is salt in the salt tank, but the salt is only on the top half of the salt tank.  The bottom half of the salt tank Read more