Thursday, July 26th, 2018 by Nick Koz

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If you’re putting up with hard water in your Illinois home, we encourage you to consider all the harms that come with it. For many homes, a water softener is absolutely essential. Along with the perks of soft water, however, comes a little bit of upkeep. We recommend inspecting your water softener system at least monthly. Eventually, salt in the brine tank will run low and it’ll be time to purchase more water softener salt.

We offer affordable and dependable water softener salt delivery services for homeowners in St. Charles, Illinois and surrounding areas. If you’ve never ordered salt from us or for a water softener before, how do you know which salt is best? Prairie State Water Solutions uses and delivers high-quality water softener salt called solar salt – also known as sodium chloride – because it promotes optimal water softener performance.


Not all salts are created equal. Only salts or potassium chlorides specifically designed for water softeners can be used (no dicing or table salts). Most commonly, water softener salts are composed of sodium chloride (similar to cooking salts), but sometimes potassium chloride is used. What is the best type of salt to use in a water softener? For the most part, it is better to select the water softener salt ideal for your situation and stick with it.

On the downside, potassium chloride is more expensive than solar salt. Potassium chloride is better for those with restricted sodium diets, whether caused from renal, heart, or other issues. Solar salt, on the other hand, is less expensive and known to be cleaner and chemical-free, thus making it the preferred option for water softener systems.Along with your water softener, we recommend investing in a reverse osmosis system for your home in Illinois to reduce the added sodium content of your water as well as many other potential contaminants.


Another facet to consider is the form of the salt used for water softening. Pellets are most commonly recommended. Rock salts are the cheapest to purchase and are, not surprisingly, of low purity and low quality. They contain high levels of insoluble minerals and impurities.

Solar salts, which come in crystallized form, are products of seawater evaporation and are more soluble than rock salts. Evaporated salts are products of both evaporation and mining and are the purest salt forms, boasting 99.99% sodium chloride.

We offer solar salts to homeowners in St. Charles, Illinois and other surrounding areas. Our salt helps ensure optimal water softener performance. This is our preferred salt for water softener systems because of its cleanliness and high purity levels. Contact a specialist today to order water softener salt for your home.

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Illinois residents should look for higher-purity salts. Naturally, they are more expensive, but the quality makes a huge difference in the process of water softening. Salts of higher purities, like solar salt, leave behind less storage tank residue, which decreases water softener maintenance requirements. If you use higher-quality water softener salts to treat the water in your Illinois home, you won’t have to bother with cleaning your salt tank as often.

Speaking of cleaning the water softener tank, did you know Prairie State Water Solutions can also clean your salt tank for you? Especially if you are experiencing issues, one of our specialists is the best person for the job. We offer water softener tank cleaning services in St. Charles, Illinois and other areas. Contact us to schedule a water softener cleaning.


Higher-purity salts and larger forms of salt significantly reduce the risk of bridging, which occurs when salt sticks together in the brine tank, forming a bridge that prevents contact with water. When this happens, your water cannot be softened. Bridging most commonly occurs in high-humidity settings, when there are sudden changes in surrounding temperature, and when low-purity salt is used. Solar salt is less prone to bridging and thus recommended for water softener use.

Salt mushing is an even more serious problem linked to the use of low-quality salts, in which dissolved salt recrystallizes and forms a sludge on the bottom of the brine tank, keeping the water softener system from regenerating. Basically, the water remains hard and a major blockage is formed in the water softener tank. Mushing is a huge headache and can only be resolved by completely draining the water softener and replacing the salt. In other words, it’s best to use high-purity water softener salts from the beginning.

Contact Prairie State Water Solutions to learn more about our water softener salt delivery services in St. Charles, Illinois and other locations. We only use high-purity and reliable solar salts to ensure optimal performance and minimal maintenance.


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