Water softeners

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  1. Loofah

    Loofah Well used member

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    We're currently living in a house that has a water softener fitted. Never had one of these before but it seems fine, much less limescale, if making wet objects very slippery! Tastes awful so there's also a separate drinking water tap to use.

    My question is on the block salt and tanks - there's two tanks for the block salt but do you have to populate both, or just one at a time? I ask as there's currently only one block in there and it seems to be working just fine...
     
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    @Loofah The reason it tastes odd is that the calcium/magnesium ions are replaced with sodium ions. So the water out of the softner contains sodium carbonate not calcium carbonate. The sodium content is why it's not fit for drinking as well as the taste.
    In California they have restricted sodium chloride water softeners due to the amount of sodium entering the environment.
     
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