questionshave you ever used a water softener resin cleaner?

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You all are not being very helpful right now. I'm going to assume it is because you've never had to do this. I guess I'll go with my gut.

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Sorry, I do not visit this site too much anymore. I thought salt cleaned the resin. We retired a softener so I took it apart and the resin were no longer balls but a mush. (I think you can replace resin, but not sure)
Not much help, but it is all I have.

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@caffeine_dude: The salt "recharges" the resin but it doesn't remove certain metal build up on the resin. That build up can make the rain less effective. It also doesn't remove any bacteria build up. I've cleaned the bacteria with bleach according to recommendations I read online. Now I want to clean the resin of metal build up. Apparently there are numerous chemicals that do the job. It's chemistry!

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@caffeine_dude: Also, yes the resin can be replaced but I don't want to do that if I can get a few more years of of what I have.

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I live in las vegas.. land of hard water.

Replace resin every 10 years

Bleach the brine once a year (one cup)

If you have alot of iron in your system you can add citric acid to your brine tank every time you refill the salt (1/2 cup per 40# bag of salt). You can buy citric acid at international grocery stores... like 10$ for 5 pounds.

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I have used iron remover salt.

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We don't have a problem with iron in Vegas, but the acid helps the regeneration.

Do not bleach it more than once a year.. the bleach reduces the life of the resin.

If you have Iron Reducing Bacteria in the resin you will need to do a peroxide flush (gets rid of the bacterias slime coat) before bleaching the resin. (you have iron bacteria if there are pinkish stains in your toilet/sink/shower)