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Clean and Refill Water Softener

The salt storage tank of your water softener needs to be cleaned out from time to time. The salt storage tank will accumulate debris and may even develop a salt bridge, making the unit ineffective. No brine, no softening! Cleaning the tank is a serviceable item for which you do not need to "Call the Culligan Man".

Water Softener Controller
Items needed:
Screw driver
Garden hose
Clean bucket
Household scrub brush
Safety Suggestions and Tips
Unplug unit
Avoid spilling salt pellets
Do not inhale salt dust
Carry two buckets at a time for balance
Level of difficulty

Time Required:
 1 hour


Lift up brine valve assembly

Step 1:

Disconnect the power to the unit, although it should be set only to run during the early morning hours. Remove the salt tank cover and look inside. You want to carefully lift the brine valve out of the smaller 4" chamber and set this aside.

Carefully lift out float assembly

Step 2:

There are numerous parts to the valve assembly and you need to be careful with the float valve.

Old brine and scum

Step 3:

If you want to save any dry salt, scoop this out and place this in a clean container. Now scoop out and discard as much of the remaining salt and brine. If you procrastinate like I do, there may not be any salt, just some nasty looking brine.

Cloudy reservoir fluid

Step 4:

You will notice how cloudy the water is. This may be especially true if you use cheap salt.

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