water softener

Old 04-17-00, 09:23 AM
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I helped a friend move into an older home that has a water softener. It has been shut off for long enough to have hardened softener salt inside. It looks almiost full, but the water is not soft and the salt hasn't reduced in volume over the last month. The softener has run on a regular cycle since it was turned on. Is there a way to get all that old, hardened salt out of it, so that we can fill it and see if it actually works?

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Old 04-17-00, 04:58 PM
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To clean old hardened salt out of a brine tank, take its connections loose, take it out to the street (two-wheel cart), fill with garden hose to soften up the old salt, break up with a broom handle or something similar, flush out, and refill with new salt after reconnecting it to system. Should start working unless the little port screens have become encrusted also. If so, take THEM out and clean them. Good Luck!

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