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airtas 06-02-2012 05:23 PM

water softener not used for 4 years
Just added salt to my water softener that has not been used for 3-4 years

The water is a little yellowish, is this rust?

Can I fix this?

Any damage done to the softener by not filling it with salt it for 4 years?

kok328 06-02-2012 07:21 PM

Full of bacteria, rust, iron, calcium, arsenic, etc....
Replace it.

airtas 06-03-2012 08:35 AM

if the unit wasn't bypassed is the unit still running with no salt in the tank?

kok328 06-03-2012 08:41 PM

If there was no salt in the tank then the media is most likely unsalvagable.

Speedbump 06-04-2012 08:02 AM

It is very important whether the unit was bypassed or not for that 4 year period. If it was, it should be very close to how it was four years ago. I would run a cap full of bleach into the brine tank to help disinfect it. Then run it through a full backwash. If your showers begin to be slippery in a week or so, your good to go.

If it wasn't bypassed, you may have turned the media into a rock.

airtas 06-23-2012 12:56 PM

what do you mean by the media?

Speedbump 06-24-2012 11:24 AM

The media is the resin that does the actual softening. The particles that the water runs through for ion exchange to take place.

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