Salt buildup around water softener

Old 10-25-08, 12:22 PM
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Salt buildup around water softener

I have an old (it came with the house, which was built in 1994) Kenmore water softener unit.

I have noticed some salt buildup around the base of my water softener. I cleared most of it away a couple days ago, and what was left this morning was damp. I assume the problem is that my salt storage tank has a small leak in it (allowing brine to leak out; when the water evaporates it would leave salt). However, before I make a leap and order a new storage tank, are there other possibilities for the leak? I ran through a manual recharge cycle and didn't notice anything other leaking (but I don't notice the tank leaking either -- just the salt buildup).


Old 10-26-08, 07:36 PM
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The only other way to get a salt build up like you say, is to have water driping out the overflow. If the unit is not filling up with water, you have a leak in the brine tank. 95% chance it's the tank.

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