The Hard Truth About Salt-Free Water Softeners

February 8, 2015

For about the last ten years salt-free water softeners have become the dream of many marketing companies.   It’s not like they haven’t always been out there – I’ve been in the water treatment business for 42 years and I have seen plenty of these types of companies come and go – but they are now here en mass. I have often wondered why it seems that there are so many…

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“They Said They Would Give Us a Free Water Analysis”

October 10, 2014

“Isn’t that wonderful that Big Name Water Conditioning Company is going to send out a Water Consultant and give us a water analysis absolutely free?”  Maybe you have experienced that and it sounds great, but let me remind you that you usually don’t get anything for free without some strings attached.   There are exceptions and before I start, I would like to say that there are some very professional, wonderful…

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Do They Really Soften Water Without Salt?

September 3, 2014

I keep telling you NO, salt-free water softeners do not soften water and do not exist, but some people don’t want to believe me. At any rate, I am going to keep telling you and today, I will let you prove it to yourself.  Maybe the truth hurts… Anyway, here are but a few companies (with their links) who purport to sell you Water Softeners that Don’t Use Salt: Aquasana…

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How Do I Really Know if my Salt Free System Works?

August 29, 2014

Lots of companies are selling salt-free water softeners and salt-free conditioners.  There are a few tests that you can perform to determine if they are indeed doing what they say. 1.  Test to see if the water really is soft This can be done by purchasing a small professional-grade water hardness test kit like this: https://www.uswatersystems.com/hardness-field-analysis-test-kit-2403.html It consists of three (3) simple steps which take about 20 seconds.  At the…

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New and Improved Iron and Sulfur Filters

July 21, 2014

This blog was post in July of 2014 and subsequent to that the Katalox Light media has proven to be highly unreliable.  We no longer use it.  If you are looking for the best method to remove Iron, Sulfur, Iron or Sulfur Bacteria and/or Manganese then here is the absolute best method: https://www.uswatersystems.com/fusion-superfilter-oxigen-professional-grade-backwashing-filter-for-iron-sulfur-and-manganese-removal.html A backwashing filter, often called an iron filter or oxidizing filter, is the most widely used system for…

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Will a Salt-Free Water Softener Work for Me?

July 14, 2014

Let’s get this out of the way immediately:  There is no such thing as a salt-free water softener!  By definition, to be called a “water softener” a device must take the water to below 1 grain per gallon (gpg) of hardness.  You have to be careful of what you believe… even on the internet (SHOCK).   Today, I Googled the words “water Softener,” and here is what came up: Nuvo H2O…

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Here’s Why We Tell the Truth About Saltfree Conditioners

First of all, we don’t call them saltfree water softeners, because they are not!  We do sell saltfree water conditioners – they are called the Green Wave.   They have their place, but we go to great lengths to tell the customer what they will and won’t do, and calling them “saltfree water softeners” is criminal in our opinion.  There are several companies out there using technology that is absolutely,…

April 14, 2014
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Does Nuvo H2O Soften Water?

February 15, 2014

I received this question from from Joe Smith (real name).  It turns out that he had a Nuvo H2o “Water Softener” already installed in his house.  Of course, we told him that it doesn’t soften water because, by definition, “soft water” is water that has the calcium and magnesium hardness removed from the water to below one grain per gallon (gpg).  He was still skeptical because… well… he had bought…

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Can I just mix hot soft and cold hard water?

December 2, 2013

Dear Water Doctor, We have very hard water (~24 gpg) and dislike the dry skin, holey clothes, and scale deposits on faucets, shower heads, and toilets.   HOWEVER, we also don’t want the slick feeling showers that come with softened water. It seems to me softening the hot water only would help (and running a softened cold water line to the clothes washer) yet leave us with showers that were half…

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The truth about salt-free water softeners

I’ve had enough!  I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!  I am sick and tired of hearing companies call their salt-free water treatment systems “Salt-Free Water Softeners.”  I have complained about it publicly for years and now I’m going to do something about it.  This blog is just to put companies who are being deceptive on notice as to what is coming. If you Google…

November 2, 2013
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