So I ordered and had installed a Fleck 5600 Econominder, 1.5 cu ft resin, 48K grains water softener. Suffice to say that it is DEFINITELY doing its job - there is an obvious difference in our water quality in all ways (showers, dishes, etc.)
However, I noticed that after the second regeneration there was a sort of 'dry salt puddle' on the ground (as if brine water had evaporated, leaving the salt behind).
I barely touched the brine tank, and water splashed out of the overflow elbow. Any suggestions?