24 Dec Choosing the Right Salt Pellets for Your Water Softener
When purchasing salt pellets for your water softener, you may be surprised to find that there are several different types of salt pellets available for purchase. Therefore, it is important to learn more about these options before you begin shopping. This way, you will have a better idea of which pellets you need to purchase for your system. To that end, here is a look at the four basic types of salt pellets that you can purchase for your water softener.
Evaporated Salt Pellets
Evaporated salt pellets offer the highest purity rate of the four options. This means evaporated salt pellets are less likely to create an insoluble buildup at the bottom of your water softener tank. As a result, your tank stays cleaner and needs to be cleaned less frequently. As might be expected, this type of salt pellets is also the most expensive.
Solar Salt Pellets
Solar salt pellets are made through a process that involves evaporating sea water until it is in either a crystal or pellet form. Most brands contain 99.6 percent pure salt. Therefore, this option may not be as effective as evaporated salt when used with water that has a very high hardness level.
Containing high amounts of calcium sulfate, rock salt resembles small rocks or pebbles. As a result, it does not dissolve well in water. While rock salt is one of the more economical options, it can also lead to maintenance issues due to is low rate of dissolving.
Block salt typically should not be used with a water softener unless it has been recommended by the manufacturer. If you use block salt, you will need to increase the water level in the brine tank to ensure the block is fully submerged.
To learn more about your salt options and to determine which is the right choice for you and your water softener, contact Pump Service Idaho today!