If you have a water softener in Arizona, you may have heard the term salt
bridge. If you haven’t ever heard the term, it is good to know exactly
how to treat this very common problem.
A salt bridge in your water softener in Arizona is a crust of salt that
forms on the top of the layers of water, salt, and resin beads in the
tank of your water softener. To demonstrate how this works, get a cup
and pour some water and salt into it. Stir up the salt until it is thoroughly
mixed into the water. Now, allow the solution to sit for a few days. What
happens is the salt that is in the water begins to separate and the water
will evaporate, bringing some of the salt crystals with it. What you will
notice is a hard layer of salt forming around the cup. If you use enough
salt and let it sit long enough it will for a hard layer over the water.
Why is a salt bridge bad for your water softener in Arizona? If the salt
hardens, it can make it so that salt will no longer reach the resin beads
in your water softener in Arizona that serve to soften you water. The
resin beads are recharged periodically by the salt and if the salt can’t
reach the beads, you will have sodium depletion. It means that your water
will not continue to be soft.
The best news of all of this is that a salt bridge is a pretty easy fix.
In fact, you can do it on your own. All you have to do is carefully break
up the salt bridge. Take care to remove any hard particles from the sides
as a well because it will only serve as a new beginning for salt crystals
to form in your water softener in Arizona. It is best to periodically
check your water softener in Arizona for signs of a salt bridge so you
can quickly correct the issue.