What Kind of Salt Does My Water Softener Need?

on July 12, 2018 salt

With all the different kinds of salt available, it's easy to get lost when trying to choose what salt is right for your water softener. Some of the top types of salt are solar salt, Hardi-cube salt, and red out salt. Let's dive into what makes these salts unique so that you can determine which one is right for your water treatment system.

Types of Water Softener Salt

Solar Salt ProductionPhoto courtesy of Morton Salt

First, we will take a look at solar salt. The process to make solar salt can take from three to five years to complete. The salt is made by taking water from a sizeable salty body of water and putting it into interlocking pools. The water is evaporated using the natural elements like the sun and wind. That is why this process takes so long because it is allowed to happen naturally. Once the salt is ready to harvest, it is washed and then processed into either blocks or tablets for easy use. Solar salt is one of the most popular types of salt for residential water softeners.

hardi-cube saltPhoto courtesy of Tool Time Rentals

Next, Hardi-cube salt is a product that some of our customers prefer as it aids in keeping your water softener clean. Hardi-cube salt is up to 99.8% pure salt and is uniquely compacted for extra hardness, so you know there are no weird additives that you can't pronounce. This type of salt is 100% dissolvable, keeping your salt from mushing together and creating bridges in the brine tank. This allows your tanks to run cleaner and have less maintenance to worry about.

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Also, red out salt is essential in some areas across Indianapolis, as this is what we usually recommend to our customers who are on a well water system. It is similar to the Hardi-Cube salt in that it is wholly dissolvable and keeps the resin tanks clean. But what makes this type of salt unique is that it contains an extra rust removal agent that is vital to treating well water. The rust remover will prevent staining in your household appliances, fixtures, and clothing.

Now that you're an expert in these types of salt, you should have a better understanding of what kind of salt to use in your water softener. Some water treatment companies in your area may even offer a salt delivery service, so you don't have to worry about keeping track of when your water conditioner needs a refresh.

Speak With An Indy Water Pro

If you'd like to learn more about water softeners and water softener salt, talk to the experts at Advantage Water Conditioning today!