Carefree?

Carefree?
Posted in: Salt-Free Systems
By Mark Timmons
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Carefree?

Kevin asked:
Is there any merit to this product; http://www.carefree.com.au/how-it-works.aspx ? It looks from their real world testing that it is effective…
The Water Doctor Responded: I went to their website and here is what they say:
"By applying a simple, yet totally natural water treatment process, the Care-Free Water Conditioner helps neutralize the adverse effects of many of the undesirable substances in your water supply. The Care-Free Water Conditioner is an in-line catalytic water treatment system. It operates by a combination of the following: 1. Turbulence of the water through a specially designed catalytic chamber. 2. By the creation of a small electrical field around the chamber casing. This combination causes a separation of the mineral particles in the water, which changes their behaviour. Particles, which were previously attracted to each other now repel and separate into smaller individual particles. This allows the "separated" mineral particles and salts to flow through the system with minimal interference. Corrosive gases are released during conditioning and move through the water as harmless bubbles. They are expelled into the atmosphere when water leaves the tap. To put it simply, the Care-Free Conditioner eliminates the cohesion that exists between the mineral particles in the water. This is clearly seen in the before and after photos. These photos reveal mineral particles precipitated from "the same water sample" with a reading of 750mg/l hardness. Note how the particles are bound together before Care-Free treatment and "separated" after treatment. You can compare this reduction in micron size from the size of your fist to the size of your fingernail."
Vibrations, energy fields, and vortexes are stock-in-trade in the snake-oil business, owing probably to the fact that in the ill-defined contexts in which they typically appear, they are basically meaningless but convey enough mystery to appeal to the credulous public.  I won't waste much time on this one, because none of that nonsense makes any sense.
August 29, 2010
Comments
Luke Scott
August 14, 2018 at 8:24 AM
Dear Mark, Thanks for your website and broad coverage of many aspects of our field. Well done. I disagree about your assessment of the Care-free Water Conditioner. I spent years testing it, and obtained a Masters in Engineering by research. Its available here. http://ro.uow.edu.au/theses/3828/ You may get a lot out of it, as it extensively surveys the literature on scale treatment, what works, and what doesn't. There's over 300 pages there, but the summary is FACT: The Carefree Conditioner significantly reduces suspended calcium carbonate particle size by up to 50%. FACT: X-Ray Diffraction tests prove the Conditioner’s ability to change up to 70.2% of calcium carbonate scale from calcite to aragonite FACT: Computational Fluid Dynamics models found the threshold turbulence values for both. Dr John Bradd showed the Conditioner's effects on reversing salinity while working with one of Australia's peak science bodies the CSIRO. I'd like to know how many experiments you've done on Care-free Conditioner units. I note WQA tenet No. 7 is 7. Sweeping, absolute statements, either verbal or written, shall not be made if they are false or not applicable in all situations. I suggest you read my thesis, and re-assess your assessment of the Care-free Conditioner. I know it works: I have the results and pictures to prove it. I'd like to see the evidence you based your assessment on.
Mark Timmons
August 18, 2018 at 2:16 PM
I respect your right to believe what you want, but I stand by what I said.