Think a salt-free system is just as beneficial as salt water softener? Think again.
NO ONE WANTS TO HAUL SALT. (Unless you’re the salt delivery guy.) And you don’t find many of them around that have done it for very long.
I’ve been in the water business for 33 years and in the past five years there has been a great “buzz” about salt free water “softeners”. Many of our neighbors have invested in many different products that profess to be water softeners that don’t need salt. Hooray!!!!!!!!, at last someone has done it. To their disappointment, that water doesn’t come out “soft”. It comes out different on some of them. But no soft, silky shower and the spots are still there.
The bath tub ring is still there and the water heater collects more calcium build up and still goes out prematurely.
In the past years we’ve seen, magnets on the pipes, wires wrapped around the pipes. The magnets and wires do change the “ion” alignment temporarily. However, the ions go back to their preferred place when out of the magnetic field. Some have had carbon filters with electrodes in them. Lately some of them have purported to have a “special” resin that makes the calcium fall out of suspension and leave spots but the spots can easily be wiped off. It is still in there.
So how can they claim that they have a softener without salt? Well, it sold them a lot of units and they made them a lot of money and moved on. In the meantime we go back and reinstall their old softeners or they buy a salt system.
In the past couple of years, with the pressure on, they’ve changed the wording to say salt free water conditioners or filters. Or, “whole house filtration systems. No need to haul salt any more. Get better tasting water at all of the taps in your home, no more sticking to your pipes. Those are true statements. The systems that have carbon in them take out taste and odor. Most of the taste and odor comes from chlorine if you are on a municipal water system. The chlorine is placed in there to kill the bugs that could make you sick. The carbon does a good job of removing the chlorine. Some of them even have placed sediment filters in them to take out dirt and other particles. Well, the city has already done that at the water treatment plant.
As for not sticking to your pipes, your hard water doesn’t stick to your copper or plastic pipes. It used to stick to the galvanized steel pipes. We don’t see that used anymore. So that is just a story to tell to make you think that it is a benefit.
SOFTENED WATER has gone through an ion exchange process that one ion is traded for another. So, the bad guy, calcium is traded for the better guy sodium, (or magnesium if you prefer magnesium chloride to regenerate you softener. It costs 4X more). Sodium ions don’t stand in the way of cleaning and is a lot friendlier to any surface that it comes in contact with.
It definitely tastes different, and to some extreme cases can be less healthy, but calcium can be less healthy in extreme cases also. Some people don’t like the “slick” feeling that comes in the shower with soft water. 99% of the people can get used to that. That is the body oils on your skin to keep it supple and from cracking. When you get used to the soft water feel, you hate going back to the hard water.
With great advances in technology water softeners have become much more efficient in salt usage. We have created systems that use 75-80% less salt than previous systems.
WHOLE HOUSE SOFT FILTRATION is a softener with the carbon and other filters hitched together make the soft water taste better and carbon has abilities that are healthy. One warning about carbon in your water. After a while (one or more years) carbon is a great breeding ground for bacteria. If you don’t change it out or treat it with an anti bacteria media, it could turn from healthful to risky. There are great products that have come along that greatly improves that situation.
We’ve developed products for people that want specific things to happen to their water and other things to not happen to their water. We’ve built whole house filtration systems that don’t soften the water. The 1% that want that, we build them to please you.
In conclusion, if I could invent a water “softener” that doesn’t use salt I wouldn’t have to work for $ anymore. Water is the most important commodity that you use in your home. The more people that move into an area, the more water must be supplied to them. Our water is getting less and less in quality because of the need for more of it all the time. One thing that perplexes me and has for over 33 years, why a person would buy the cheapest water system that they could find to put their water through, and then buy the best T V that they could find to watch their program, or the fanciest car or the biggest home. That just doesn’t make sense to me.