The house we live in now (have since last May) is the first one that has (needed) a water softener. As of late, the water has been tasting a little "off". Doesn't matter if it is from the sink or the fridge. Ice is a little funny tasting too. Not terrible, but noticeable. The fridge has a filter that was just changed about a month ago.
So here is the deal, in the 10 months that we've owned the house, we have used like two 40lb bags of water softener salt. Other people near us say that they use a lot more. There is still salt pellets in the water softener, but they are (slowly) being "consumed". I went to look at the salt tank tonight and noticed that under the pellets is sort of a salt "sludge". OK. That seems like it is slimy or something, which it isn't. It is just not pellets any more and has formed a think salty mix. Is that normal? Could that be what is holding back the softener from working 100%?
Another FYI, the house sat idle and empty for 9-10 months from when the previous people moved out and we moved in.
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