Salt free water softener for sudbury, ma

salt free water softener Sudbury, MA

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SALT FREE WATER SOFTENERS IN SUDBURY, MA

Sev­er­al com­pa­nies have begun pro­mot­ing a Salt Free Water Soft­en­er.  They claim these sys­tems will change the phys­i­cal prop­er­ties of hard­ness min­er­als (cal­ci­um and mag­ne­sium) by turn­ing them into tiny hard crys­tals which will not attach to pipes and oth­er fix­tures.  In the­o­ry, it’s a nice idea to be able to elim­i­nate a salt require­ment.   The prob­lem is that there are a num­ber of com­mon min­er­als typ­i­cal­ly found in your Sud­bury water sup­ply that make these sys­tems inef­fec­tive after hav­ing invest­ed your mon­ey into this type of prod­uct.  Also, this approach does not cre­ate “soft water”, as they do not remove hard water min­er­als.  There­fore, you will not get the full ben­e­fits of soft water in your home.  In fact, call­ing one of these sys­tems a water soft­en­er is real­ly a mis­nomer.  The Water Qual­i­ty Asso­ci­a­tion has pub­lished a paper on water soft­en­ing and Salt Free Water Soft­en­ers, please see the link at WQA Con­sumer Alert.

YOU CANNOT TEST THE WATER TO CONFIRM THAT A SALT FREE WATER SOFTENER IS WORKING

Salt free water softener Sudbury, MA

Water soft­en­er test­ing con­sists of mea­sur­ing hard­ness lev­els before and after the water soft­en­er to make sure hard­ness min­er­als are actu­al­ly being removed. This method can­not be employed with a salt free water soft­en­er as the hard­ness min­er­als are not removed from the water.  Test­ing will show equiv­a­lent hard­ness lev­els pri­or to water going through the sys­tem and after going through the sys­tem.  As a result of this, the only way you will know for sure if the hard­ness min­er­als are not build­ing inside your pipes and oth­er fix­tures is if you see no evi­dence of this after months or years.  By then, your war­ran­ty peri­od will like­ly be over.

IF WATER HAS MANGANESE OR IRON IN IT, WILL A SALT FREE WATER SOFTENER WORK?

Salt free water softener Sudbury, MA

DISSOLVED IRON STAINING

Dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies sell­ing a pur­port­ed salt free water soft­en­er have dif­fer­ent para­me­ters regard­ing lev­els of iron and man­ganese that they state will ren­der the “Salt Free” Water Soft­en­er inef­fec­tive.  The high­est allow­able lev­el in the pub­lished infor­ma­tion we have seen is Iron at .3 parts per mil­lion and man­ganese at .05 parts per mil­lion.  For those of you liv­ing in Mass­a­chu­setts, New Hamp­shire or Maine and have a pri­vate well, iron and man­ganese lev­els fre­quent­ly exceed these lev­els.  In Sud­bury, water test results have shown man­ganese lev­els that some­times reach .07.  In this sce­nario, a Salt Free water soft­en­er is def­i­nite­ly not a viable option for you, even by the man­u­fac­tur­ers’ claims.    For more infor­ma­tion on Iron or Man­ganese, see the links at Iron Arti­cle in Water Tech­nol­o­gy Mag­a­zine or Man­ganese in Water Arti­cle in Water Tech.

For a full descrip­tion of water soft­en­ers in gen­er­al, please see the Water Qual­i­ty Asso­ci­a­tion link at WQA Water Soft­en­er info.

As a com­pa­ny in the water treat­ment busi­ness since 1989, we have seen and are pre­sent­ed with new water fil­tra­tion tech­nolo­gies all of the time.  The ones we feel have mer­it we test in-house and then in the field before offer­ing these prod­ucts to our cus­tomers as viable solu­tions to their water qual­i­ty issues.  If pre­sent­ed with a Salt Free water soft­en­er that we believed would work in Mass­a­chu­setts, New Hamp­shire, Maine or any­where our cus­tomers are locat­ed, we would nat­u­ral­ly add the prod­uct to our ware­house.  To date, we have not seen such a prod­uct.  If you are look­ing for a water soft­en­er which reduces the salt lev­el used in the regen­er­a­tion process, there are tech­no­log­i­cal­ly improved prod­ucts that are avail­able.  Addi­tion­al­ly, there is one last option for your brine tank as an alter­na­tive to salt (sodi­um chlo­ride) —potas­si­um chlo­ride. It may be used in place of salt (sodi­um chlo­ride) in the brine tank to regen­er­ate the soft­en­ing resin.  Potas­si­um chlo­ride is 99.9% sodi­um free and an alter­na­tive for those who are look­ing to reduce sodi­um intake.  It is, how­ev­er, more expen­sive than sodi­um chlo­ride and not as effi­cient (approx. 30% less).  There­fore you will have to use more of potas­si­um chlo­ride in the regen­er­a­tion cycle of your water soft­en­er.

SALT FREE WATER SOFTENER

H2O Care, Inc. is an established, regional water treatment company with over 9.000 installations in New England with offices in Middleton & Hudson, MA.  The company has been published multiple times in Water Technology Magazine on various water contaminant issues (see our publications section on our website,.  Note: New Hudson, MA office opened in May, 2017 on Route 62 (Main St.).

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