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Water Softener - Larvae
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Sara    Posted 01-11-2003 at 16:39:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We opened our house water softener today to re-fill with salt, and amidst some small debris, there were four larvae worms swimming on the top, about 1/2 inch long. Should we be very afraid ? Should we stop showering ? What could live in salt water ?


Spence    Posted 01-12-2003 at 21:28:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds strange. The reason why the Dead Sea is dead is because of the water evaporation
leaving salt brine so no marine life can live in it.

It could be an insect lost his footing and fell in when it was about to lay eggs, that's the only thing I can come up with. Conditioner salt is pre-processed, so natural salt living creatures, if there is such a thing, wouldn't make it to your house.

I'd clean out the brine tank real good and flush it out a few times with clean water using a small pump. And put in new salt. I wouldn't worry about disinfecting as salt is a natural disinfectant.


Larvae Boy    Posted 07-23-2004 at 04:30:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well you aren't alone... I just found larvae swimming in my water softener tank too. Guess I'll clean it out real good. I don't know why this isn't a more common problem. The cover just sits on top loosely. Anything can get in. Yup it is just used to clean the resin beads but that isn't very reassuring.


Frog Boy    Posted 08-02-2004 at 08:16:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Just to follow up on my own post...

I took apart the water softener and discovered frogs living in the electronics / motor housing. One of them climbed behind the LCD display and died. Looks like it's been there a while. Now I have a 4 inch frog carcass embedded into the electronics that's going to require a lot of scraping to remove.

I've been running on bypass for a while as I'm just not ready to drink the water that runs through this thing. Now I'm in the market for a softener designed specifically to be used outdoors. If anyone has any useful info... please post!

P.S.

YUCKY!!!!!!!!!


Duey (IA)    Posted 01-11-2003 at 18:09:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sara,
The water in the brine tank is only used to flush minerals from the softener medium during the recharging process. Removal of the brine with a wet dry vac should be all that is needed. More than likely the the larva was introduced when adding salt. (On the bag from storage on a damp floor etc.) Duey


Ludwig    Posted 01-11-2003 at 17:06:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
"What could live in salt water ?"
Uhh, this is a trick question right? How about fish? Urchins? Whales? Seals? Walruses? Kelp, algae, plankton?
Okay, seriously, I don't see why larvae wouldn't be able to live in the softener. The softener doesn't actually filter the water right? Do you have a filter upstream of the softener?
I think I'd sooner shower with water that had worms in it than drink that water....


Cindi    Posted 01-11-2003 at 17:25:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What?! Oh hell. Now I have to go take the lid off mine and poke around. We have a service, surely if there were creatures in there they would tell us/do something/fix it......right?


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