Tips for Selecting the proper Salt Pellets for Your Water Softener

Tips for Selecting the proper Salt Pellets for Your Water Softener

Tips for Selecting the proper Salt Pellets for Your Water Softener

Do you have a water softener, but you are not sure what kind of salt pellets you should be using? You may already know that there are many different options available from which you can select, but you may not be very knowledgeable about the differences between the various types of salt pellets that are available. To help you through the decision-making process, here is a look at some of the basic differences between the various types of salt pellets available on the market for Selecting the proper Salt Pellets.

Block Salt

Generally speaking, block salt should not be used with water softeners unless it is specifically recommended by the manufacturer. If you do choose to use block salt with your water softener, you will need to increase the water level in your brine tank in order to ensure the block is fully submerged.

Rock Salt

Resembling small rocks or pebbles, rock salt contains high amounts of calcium sulfate. Due to this high concentration of calcium sulfate, rock salt does not dissolve very well when placed in water. Although rock salt is one of the least expensive options for your water softener, the low rate of dissolvability means that using rock salt may also lead to more maintenance issues.

Evaporated Salt Pellets

If you are looking for an option with a high purity rate, evaporated salt pellets are the way to go. Thanks to their high purity level, evaporated salt pellets are less likely to create a buildup at the bottom of your water softener tank. Since this helps your tank to stay cleaner, it means you have to clean it less frequently in order to maintain the same level of efficiency. Due to the high purity level, however, evaporated salt pellets are also the most expensive.

Solar Salt Pellets

Created by evaporating sea water until it is in either pellet or crystal form, solar salt pellets typically contain 99.6 percent pure salt. Therefore, solar salt pellets may not be quite as effective as evaporated salt pellets when they are used with very hard water.

Selecting the proper Salt Pellets for Your Water Softener

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