“But Does it Really Soften The Water?”

January 9, 2019

That’s the question you need to ask if you are considering the purchase of a “salt-free water softener.” Don’t beat around the bush, pick up the phone and call whatever company is saying that they sell a salt-free water softener and just ask them: “But does it really soften the water?” If they say yes, then I will call them and buy it for you.  I’ll pay for it! It’s…

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8-22-2018 Mailbag

August 22, 2018

Question #1: I need a recommendation for a “water softener” that uses neither salt of potassium? I have kidney disease and my doctor says I need one that does not contain either of these. Pelican tells me what they have PSE1800 is the answer. Is this correct? R.W. Answer: The PSE1800 does not soften the water.  Oh, I know they call it a “water softener” but ask them if the…

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Do Salt Free Water Softeners Work?

May 6, 2018

Actually, before you ask that question, you really should ask “Is there really such a thing as a salt free water softener?” You see, some companies are selling what they call “salt free water softeners” as well as “salt water softeners.”  That begs the question:  If salt free water softeners worked, why on God’s Green Earth would they sell salt water softeners?  No one would buy them. Salt water softeners would…

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What is your take on Magnetic Water Softening Systems?

March 3, 2018

I received this question today: Hi Mark, What is your take on Magnetic Water Softening Systems? https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sustainable-water-softener#/ They claim that no salt, no backwashing is needed for life. “Fix it once and you are done”.  I’m sure you must have heard of Magnetic Water Softening, and I wanted to know your take on it, since you are an expert. Personally I dont find it convincing. Thank you! S_____________ ANSWER: Thank…

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Compare US Water Systems To Aquasana

February 25, 2018

Q.  [Can you compare] prices for a whole home carbon filter and water softer and the specs? We are about to buy the AquaSauna 1,000,000 gal carbon filter and their saltless softer but I want to compare it to others and their prices too. Thanks — Deanna A.  It’s impossible for me to compare our systems to Aquasana salt-free water softeners and their carbon filters for a few reasons: We…

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A Real Case Study: Aquasana Rhino Salt-Free Softener

January 13, 2018

Recently, a prospective customer walked into our US WATER SYSTEMS World Headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana and said that they had some horrible water problems that they were not able to solve. They proceeded to explain that about six months earlier they had installed the Aquasana Rhino Well Water System and that it seemed to work well for a few months, but then the water comning out of it was worse…

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Pelican Water is Attempting to Change Our Understanding of the English Language

November 14, 2017

If you Google “Hard Water” you will find that it is “water that contains an appreciable quantity of dissolved minerals (like calcium and magnesium). Soft water… is treated water in which the only ion is sodium.”  One dictionary says that soft water is “Water containing little or no dissolved salts of calcium or magnesium, especially water containing less than about 85 parts per million of calcium carbonate.”  Wikipedia says this: “In the UK, water is…

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How to Prevent Scale in Tankless Water Heaters

August 3, 2017

Tankless water heaters are gaining popularity all over the country for a variety reasons, but the Top Two Reasons undoubtedly are (1) saving money on energy; and (2) never running out of hot water.  To me, unlimited hot water is the biggest deal.  If you have several persons in your family, especially teenagers who may take long showers, then you know that the last man (or woman) often gets a…

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Outside Water Softener Installations

May 13, 2017

Question: Are your water softeners rated for outside placement? Here in central Florida, almost every installer is placing the units outside of the home buried 1 1/2 to 2 feet next to the city water value. If it is, does that shorten the electronics warranty? Answer: If you live in a part of the country where it does not freeze (or seldom freezes) then you probably know that sometimes the only…

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