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Old 06-29-2010, 08:15 AM   #1
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Water softener brine tank smell


Greetings. I've just purchased a 16 year old home with its own well. The home was in forclosure for ~ 1 year, so I know little about it. It appears to have a standard water softener, with analog timing. Before turning it on, I cleaned out the brine tank with bleach, replaced the old salt, and it appears to be softening / functioning fine. However...

I've been in the house for ~ 1 month, and have noticed an odor (like sulfur / sewer) in the brine tank itself. The brine water looks a little greyish. However, the water in the rest of the house is fine...nice and "soft" and no odor.

In my previous home's water softener (on a city water supply), I've not encountered brine tank odor. Is this normal? Should I add bleach / hydrogen peroxide? How much?

Thanks in advance - Dale G

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Old 06-29-2010, 09:26 AM   #2
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Mix a 1/2 cup of regular non scented bleach in a gallon or more of water and pour it into the water in the salt tank, not through the salt and leave it there until an odor returns. Remember that chlorine damages resins. So... next time use a 1/4 cup but since the water in the salt tank is not added to your water in the house, find something else to worry about or quit smelling the air in your salt tank. lol

You may want to have a Coliform bacteria test done on your water.

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Thanks! Water inspection prior to sale of home showed no coliform bacteria...however, no single test is perfect. Should the bleach treatment be performed no more than twice?
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Get the bacteria test done.

The more chlorine the faster it damages the resin. So only use it infrequently and onlt a couple capful after the initial two times.
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