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    All new to me - When do you add salt? How much do you add? Installer told me but just want to make sure I understood correctly.

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    What were you told?

    And what salt did he say you should use?
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    Any water softener salt will work fine, solar crystal and pellet salts are usually fairly clean. Mined rock salt can be a little dirtier and may require regular cleaning of the brine tank.

    A regular household of 2 in your area should use approximately a 1/2 to a full bag of salt per month. Simply keep the brine tank full of salt and you are good to go. You should try to maintain the salt above the water level, but on modern timed refill systems, it is not a problem if the salt level gets below the water level accidentaly.

    Congrats on the new system! You will enjoy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Slusser View Post
    What were you told?

    And what salt did he say you should use?
    When you see water coming level with salt to add. The container is about half full now and I can start seeing the water, seems early to ad salt but what do I know!

    I dont recall exactly what salt he said but its large pellets, I can look tonight. What do you recommend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ditttohead View Post
    Any water softener salt will work fine, solar crystal and pellet salts are usually fairly clean. Mined rock salt can be a little dirtier and may require regular cleaning of the brine tank.

    A regular household of 2 in your area should use approximately a 1/2 to a full bag of salt per month. Simply keep the brine tank full of salt and you are good to go. You should try to maintain the salt above the water level, but on modern timed refill systems, it is not a problem if the salt level gets below the water level accidentaly.

    Congrats on the new system! You will enjoy it.

    DITTOHEAD - You recommended the guy I used here in Scottsdale - awesome dude and excellent install!

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    Thanks, he is an old friend from 25 years ago when I started in this industry. He has worked for 3 of the major distribution houses in the US, and he was the technical support lead for 2 of them for many years. Be sure to refer him to your friends, he has a daughter to put through college.

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