With San Antonio city water specifically, anyone should use around 1 to 1 ½ bags of salt per month (40Lb bags). Put 3 to 5 bags each quarterly year and all should be good. The hardness of the water and size of softener will determine the amount of salt it will require for each regeneration. If a system is sized correctly, it should regenerate about once a week, so at the end of the month using 1 to 1 1/2 bags of salt. (Calculations are with average of 4 in household) **Water softeners should not regenerate every night.**
If you are on well water the hardness of the water will determine how much salt you will use. Some houses have hard water 148 over by our office. But typical San Antonio water is 16 to 22 hard typically. There are different levels of water hardness throughout the city.
Salt comes in different forms; crystals, pellets, tabs, grained, etc. The bags are actually color coded while crystals and solar salt come in the blue bags. Pellets come in yellow bags. Green bags are for people on well water that need to treat their water for iron. The manufactures tend to change the look of some of the bag however, the color system stays in place, regardless of hue.
If you want more information about how much and how often should my water softener be needing salt please call me at (210) 960-2555 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First let’s clarify the salt in the brine tank is used when a water softener goes through regeneration. Regeneration if the unit has been sized properly for the family living in the house it should go through regeneration about once every seven to ten days.
In San Antonio which has very hard water a system should use between 12 and 18 lbs. of salt per regeneration for average family. This would apply to city water not well water. Water softeners today work off gallons going through the system.
A house with one person with a 30,000-grain unit will go through a 50Lb bag of salt every five to six weeks. A house with four people if softener is sized correctly a 45,000 or 60,000 grain unit a little more than a 50Lb. bag a month.
If you are using multiple bags per month and you have city water probably your softener is not working properly, or it is sized incorrect for your household.
You read about both and it sounds like why am I carrying those bags of salt? Be careful do your research completely. Do not stop at what you want to hear. First let’s explain how they work.
A softener that uses salt has an ion exchange process. This means as the water passes through the resin one calcium ion is exchanged for one sodium. The calcium sticks to the resin bead and does not enter your plumbing coming into your house. When the resin beads are coated in calcium and can no longer hold any more calcium the unit goes into regeneration. This is when the unit pulls the brine water into the water softener. The brine water makes it to where the calcium lets go of the resin bead and is washed down the drain beside the softener. The calcium has never entered the house beyond the softener. The resin beads are clean and should be able to go about a week before this process happens again usually in the middle of the night around 2 A.M. The water that enters the fixtures in your house is soft water, usually ranging from zero to two grains per gallon hard.
A salt less system first is not a water softener. It is a water conditioner. It conditions the water, so the calcium and magnesium will not stick to your pipes. It will help protect the plumbing in your house. The plumbing referring to your pipes. So, you must understand the calcium is coming into your house. If your water is seventeen grains hard at your house, the water coming out of your fixtures is seventeen grains hard. The water coming into your house is not soft, it is hard water. The calcium is in the water droplets and when they dry the white calcium is on the shower doors, the dishes in dishwasher, your hair and your laundry. The reviews on these units are so good. If you lived where the water is only six to eight grains hard you might be able to write a descent review for it.
But we live in San Antonio where we have some of the hardest water in the United States. Many areas of San Antonio are above twenty grains per gallon hard. Ten grains per gallon is considered hard water, fourteen is extreme, so San Antonio is off the chart.