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…


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: It consists of three (3) simple steps which take about 20 seconds.  At the…


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: A backwashing filter, often called an iron filter or oxidizing filter, is the most widely used system for…


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…


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

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…


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…


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

The latest on salt free water softeners

September 19, 2013

The latest information is that there is still no such thing. End of story! There are salt-free water conditioners, but not salt-free water softeners.  Salt-free water softeners are like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny – they make a  nice story, but they just aren’t real.  Maybe you shouldn’t tell you kids just yet though – just let them think that salt free softeners are still real.   By the time…


How does a water softener really work?

July 3, 2013

I often get calls from people concerned about their water softener operation.  I have found that most people don’t understand how a water softener works.  This blog is intended to give a brief description on how a water softener works. Water softeners like the Fusion Professional Grade Water Softener and the Aquatrol Water Softener use a process called ion exchange.  Every element in your water is made up of ions.  A…