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Do you know of a chemical reagent that I can use that will either break down and dissolve the resins found from H2o softeners  immediately or show me some coloration that will tell me that the debris are in fact resins?  I am looking for something similar

Question asked by Jerry Divijak on May 3, 2016
Latest reply on May 5, 2016 by Guest

My job requires me to be somewhat of a H2o detective.  Our unit receives calls from the public about
H2o quality.  Sometimes we get calls that
customers are getting what they interpret as sand coming out of their faucets
and fixtures.  When we go out to investigate,
customers usually have either a sodium based or potassium based H2o softener in
their homes, which turns out to be resin escaping from their softener.  I place some of this so called sand into a
vial. I then add Hydrochloric acid to the vial. If it is sand then it will not
dissolve, however if it is resin it takes a while for it to dissolve. Calcium
and minerals begin to dissolve and bubble immediately and also dissolve in
white vinegar.  The resin will not
dissolve in the white vinegar and neither will sand.

Do you know of a chemical reagent that I can use that will
either break down and dissolve the resins found from H2o softeners  immediately or show me some coloration that
will tell me that the debris are in fact resins?  I am looking for something similar to the
kits police use in the field to determine whether a substance is an illegal
drug.

Thank You

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