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What is the best type of salt to use in my water softener?

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Deciding between the different types and brands of water softener salt can be confusing and your choice will influence how well your water softener functions and how much it costs to operate!

 

Video Transcript

Gary The Water Guy:
Hi, I'm Gary, the water guy and I own the Water e-store and the Water Store in Midland, Ontario. Quite often I'm asked by customers, "There's all these different kinds of water softener salts on the market, what's the best kind for me?" And so I thought I'd take a few minutes today and kind of go through each different type. Now, the brands that I'm talking about it makes no difference whatsoever. It's what the type of salt is, that's really what we're talking about here. So why is it important to pick what kind of salt you use? Your salt choice is going to affect a number of things. For example, it's going to affect how effectively the water softener regenerates. It's going to affect how often you have to clean out the brine tank, and by the way, if you don't know how to clean out your brine tank, there's a good video right here if you click on it that'll show you the procedure.


Gary The Water Guy:
The salt you choose is going to determine how much sodium is left in your water after regeneration. The total cost of water softener ownership is going to be reflected by your choice of salt. Also, how often you have to clean the injectors. Don't know how to clean the injectors? Again, click on the link up here. That'll take you to a video that shows you how to clean the injectors. And another important consideration is compatibility. Not all salts are compatible with all kinds of water softeners. So let's look at each one individually. So we'll start over here. So this is rock salt. It's basically salt that's been processed the least out of all of these. And although it's the cheapest one, it often isn't the right choice and the reason is because it has a lot of impurities in it. There's a lot of dirt in that salt.


Gary The Water Guy:
I've added some water softener salt to a glass with some water in it so you can see how it looks. And this one is the rock salt, and you can see all the impurities in that. If we look at the next one, which is crystal plus here, this is a processed salt. It's very clean. The problem with this one that I've found is it clogs very readily. And if you're not sure how to remove a salt clog from your water softener, again go up here to a link and you'll see a great video that shows you how to do that. But if you're using this kind of salt, you're probably going to have a lot of clogs.


Gary The Water Guy:
With the crystal salt, you can see that it's very small pieces and those very small pieces, when they start to dissolve, they stick together and that's why you end up with a salt clog. Then we go to this one. This is the non-salt. This is potassium chloride. So instead of, these others are all sodium chloride, this is potassium chloride. So this is very... There's no sodium residual after the water software has gone through its regeneration process. The problem with this one... And they say also that this one is very septic . The problem with this one is its four times the cost of each of the other ones here. So it's extremely expensive. But the other thing that people often don't tell you about this one is that it's only 80% as effective as these others. So you have to change the settings on your water softener if you're using potassium chloride, and you're going to be using 20% more than these others.


Gary The Water Guy:
The potassium chloride is again similar to the crystal plus in that it's very small skinny pieces, not like the pellet shaped ones. So again, it's very likely to salt clog. Then we go over to rust remover salt. So this is a pellet type water softener salt that has a cleaner built into it to remove iron from your water. So if you are using your water softener to remove iron, as well as soften your water, then rust remover salt is a good choice. You can't tell by looking at the rust remover pellets that there is a chemical cleaner in these pellets already. They just look like the other pellets from the Windsor system saver.


Gary The Water Guy:
And then we end up with Windsor system savor salt. So in my opinion, this is the best of the bunch. This is the one that I use in my house. And the reason is because it's a pellet type water softer salt, so that means it doesn't clog as readily. It doesn't have the dirt in it that the rock salt has. And it's one of the least expensive of the bunch. So this is my favorite. But again, your situation would depend on again your family's situation.


Gary The Water Guy:
And the Windsor system saver, you can see the pellets here, not very likely to salt clog because they're fairly uniform in size and they dissolve uniformly and that gives you a great performance and the biggest bang for the buck.


Gary The Water Guy:
One thing to keep in mind no matter what type of salt you use, it's very important to think about how much salt you put in your water softener brine tank. If you're not sure how much he should be putting in there, check out this video link up here. It'll take you to a video that will explain the whole process to you.


Gary The Water Guy:
And that's it. If you liked what you saw today, please click the subscribe button that you'll be notified of all the new videos that become available on this channel. If you'd like some more information, go to our websites, either thewaterestore.com or thewaterstoremidland.com.

And again, I'm Gary, the water guy from The Water Store in Midland, Ontario. Thanks for watching.

Deciding between the different types and brands of water softener salt can be confusing and your choice will influence:

  • how effectively your softener will regenerate
  • how often you will need to clean out your brine tank.
  • the amount of sodium that ends up in your soft water
  • the water softener 'total cost of ownership'
  • how often you'll need to clean your water softener injector
  • May not be compatible with your water softener.

Let's compare 4 popular kinds of salt and a popular salt alternative, remember all of the salts will work in virtually all water softeners except as noted and it does not matter what brand of water softener salt but the type of salt you are using.

Windsor Select Plus – Rock Salt - This is the cheapest and also the dirtiest salt.  All of the impurities in the salt will stay in the brine tank or get sucked into the water softener's injector.  You will need to clean out the brine tank and injector much more often if you use this salt, but it's far less likely to salt clog.  If you have a Viqua Sanitizer water softener, this is the only type of water softener salt that is compatible.

Windsor Rust Remover Pellets - These are designed for use with well water that has a high iron content, especially if you don't have a dedicated iron filter. This salt has an additive that combats issues caused by iron & rust and can remove 15 times more iron than plain salt. Water softener rust remover also reduces rust build-up in your softener and helps your softener run more efficiently and last longer.  If your water softener is dealing with more than 1 ppm of iron this is your best choice.

Sifto Crystal Plus with Resin Clean - Sifto says this is a "high-purity compacted salt that keeps softener operating at peak efficiency. Proprietary Resin Clean additive extends the life of the water softener by cleaning the resin beads",  which I believe.  I do not like or recommend this salt, the problem is that this is the most likely salt to cause a salt clog, so if you decide to use this stuff, you will need to check out my video on how to remove a salt clog from your water softener at some point.

Windsor Potassium Chloride Salt Alternative - which is a sodium alternative to soften water. This product is 99% sodium-free, therefore reducing sodium levels in softened water and chlorides discharged into the environment. This product also provides the essential plant nutrient potassium to the ecosystem.  Sounds great but this product costs almost 4 times what water softener salt costs, is only 80% as efficient as salt and it also tends to clog.  If you really want to eliminate sodium from your softened water a Reverse Osmosis drinking water system is a much better way to remove all of the sodium and is a much more cost effective solution than using Potassium Chloride.

So what do I suggest? 

Windsor System Saver II - These pellets are formulated to guarantee 99.7% pure salt which ultimately means you will not need to clean out the brine tank or injector for many years and due to the pellet design they are much less likely to salt clog.  It also has a water softener resin cleaner mixed in so you don't need to add it. If you have less than 1 ppm of iron and don't have a Viqua Sanitizer water softener this is your best choice.  If you have more than 1 ppm of iron get the Rust Remover salt for your family.

If you're not sure how much salt should be in your brine tank, you can check that out in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3TpdeNX58E


 

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