water softener not used for 4 years

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  1. Jun 3, 2012 #1

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    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?
     
  2. Jun 3, 2012 #2

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    Full of bacteria, rust, iron, calcium, arsenic, etc....
    Replace it.
     
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    if the unit wasn't bypassed is the unit still running with no salt in the tank?
     
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    If there was no salt in the tank then the media is most likely unsalvagable.
     
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    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.
     
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    what do you mean by the media?
     
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    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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