Water softeners are one of those appliances that can easily get taken for granted. Because of their low-key maintenance requirements, water softeners often trek on in the background without much concern from homeowners. Which is one of the benefits of having a water softener installed in the first place. But low-key maintenance doesn’t mean no maintenance. A few simple techniques and practices can extend the life of your appliance while still not demanding too much attention.

Check the Salt Level Every 5 Weeks

Are you noticing signs of hard water in your home? These could include spotty or cloudy dishes, mineral buildup around water fixtures, water that won’t get soapy, and even dry skin. These symptoms all point to low salt levels in your water softener. It’s a common mishap, and it’s easily preventable. At a minimum, try to check your salt level every 5 weeks. Set an alarm on your phone or add a reminder to your calendar. Depending on your water softener, you may need to adjust that timeline slightly.

Don’t Add Too Much Salt

Adding too much salt to your water softener is liable to result in a salt bridge. What is a salt bridge? A salt bridge occurs in the brine tank and is the result of hard crust buildup that prevents salt from dissolving into the water. This halts the creation of brine, and if gone unnoticed over long periods of time, can cause hard water reactions throughout the home. Other causes of salt bridges are dramatic shifts in temperature or high humidity.