Can Water Be Too Soft? Water Softener TROUBLESHOOTING
Have you noticed that since you’ve had a water softener installed your skin feels slippery now? Maybe you are cautious when entering the shower because the floor is very slippery? What about your skin, do you find that your skin is so slippery after a shower it actually feels slimy? When you wash dishes by hand, do they tend to slide out of your hands in the water?
Gary The Water Guy to the rescue! Today I’ll show you how to troubleshoot and fix it for your family.
Can water be TOO soft?
I’ve heard a few families mention this phenomenon, so if it’s happening to you, know that you’re not alone. In my experience, I always find that it typically is one of two things causing this concern:
- They’re using too much soap. One of the many advantages of having a water softener is that you can and should use LESS soap to get much better cleaning. This is one of the many ways a water softener will save your family money. Often you can get by with using 1/2 the soap you used before the water softener was installed! The excess soap causes the slipperiness.
- They need to make sure the hardness settings in the water softener are correct. Often water softeners are installed by plumbers or DIYers without actually testing and programming the water softener. The water softener default setting may be way too high for your family and you end up with excessive sodium in your water after the regeneration which causes the slipperiness. Those incorrect settings also result in you using far more salt than you should, wasting your money.
Occasionally, I’ve run across the situation where the first two items mentioned above were fine, but the family still has concerns about this slippery feel. In those situations, you need to mix some untreated hard water with the treated soft water to make the water slightly “less hard”. If you have a WaterBoss or Aquamaster water softener you can slightly open the bypass to allow a little untreated past the bypass.
For other water softeners, you would need to install a 3-way bypass around the water softener and leave the bypass slightly open to mix the water. This is not an exact process and requires a bit of trial and error to get the right amount of water mixing but it works great!
Check out this video on 3-Way Bypasses https://youtu.be/2EcQrrlxMqo
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