did you do the rain dance and sacrifice ? haha! No. no sacrifice. No plucking. The chickens have all their feathers. Have not posted a pic of my hubs. He is handsome and dark haired, but asian not hispanic. Don't know who posted the one you are remembering. He can, however fix just about anything. He got our softener system from Sears, took it out of the box and installed it. Too bad we don't live closer or I would volunteer him to go look after yours. Is it plugged in okay? Is your outlet hose-pipe drain thingy clogged? There's probably a reset button or a clean cycle button or something. I'd start pushing buttons! Can't get any worse. I'll ask him if he has any ideas. Still dripping a bit outside, so we are off to wash cars! Can't let the water go to waste! Hubs asked if your softener is very old. You may just need a new one. Ours has had standing water in it before, but because of the salt, it doesn't get smelly or swampy. I think he drained it then. I am worried something is wrong with your well or spring whatever.