Slime, Stains, And Smell On Water Softeners

Hi readers! We hope that you have learned something from our previous article. For today, we are going to tackle some issues that some of us may encounter while using water softeners at home.

Water softener systems are invented to enhance the quality of water that is being consumed in a particular residence. And though the device is designed to promote goodness in terms of the water being used, we can’t avoid facing problems at some point with our softening equipment like colored (or discolored) water after the softening process, stains coming out with the liquid, slimy water, and even having a filthy smell. So what are the possible causes of these problems and how can we effectively cure these water softner fails to restore the device into its working state?

Stay tuned as we are going to deal with the solutions to these problems in today’s article.

Stain Issues

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If you notice any stains coming out with the water like grains of sand or something similar, then this might indicate that your brine tank is dirty and it needs some cleaning. One reason for this may lie on the way you refill the tank with salt pellets. If you are doing it incorrectly, chances are there might be some dirt that’s being thrown in along with the salt pellets. The effects of the dirt being mixed with the salt pellets may seem insignificant at first, but it will really cause a headache once they accumulate into the tank since these impurities are not trapped by the ion exchange resin.

So it is highly recommended to check your Fleck water softener and schedule a regular tank clean up so the soft water being produced will remain crisp and clear the way it’s supposed to be.

Slime Issues

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If you think that the water is too soft and almost slimy to the touch, then chances are the dose of salt that is being used to treat the water is increased. Sodium ions are the ones responsible for making the water soft since they take the place of all the calcium and magnesium deposits in the water during the treatment. If there’s too much sodium ions injected into the liquid, this will cause the water to have a slimy consistency that at times we will have a hard time rinsing the soapy water from our bodies during shower.

To effectively deal with this, it is recommended that you check on the settings of your device to make sure that it is adjusted properly. If the problem persists, then try to test the hardness of the water and/or reduce the salt dose by at least 20%.

Stench Issues

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If your soft water has a stinky smell after the softening process, then chances are you are experiencing this because of the following:

– Too much sulphur in the water which causes the liquid to produce a rotten egg-like smell. If this is the case, then you may require installing another water treatment system to get rid of this problem.

– Too much iron deposits in the water which causes the liquid to render a rusty and metallic-like stench. To solve this, you simply have to clean your tank to remove these mineral impurities.

– Bacterial contaminants which gives out a kind of mossy odor with a slight touch of seaweed stench. This is usually the result of improper brine tank maintenance. If this is the case, then you need to flush out all the brine as well as the salt regenerants and clean the inside of the tank. Just be sure to follow proper cleaning instructions as indicated in the product manual.