“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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Questions and Answers

January 8, 2018

Q.  I have iron bacteria and my well company gave me a backwashing carbon and some other white media that goes on the bottom is that going to eliminate my problem? A.  Based upon what you have told me, I would say there are two chances:  Slim and None!  Before you do anything, do this first: https://www.uswatersystems.com/us-water-lab-water-test.html  _______________________________________________________ Q.  We have professionally installed ecco water softener ph system in our…

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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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Removing GenX and 1,4 – Dioxane From Water

July 24, 2017

Chemical contamination or water pollution is something nearly every individual is aware of unless they have been living under a rock. Two chemical contaminants that have been in the news recently have been discovered in an area of Southeastern North Carolina around Cape Fear, Wilmington and surrounding areas.  These are what we call  “emerging contaminants” because they are currently unregulated as scientists are trying to gather more definitive evidence about their…

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Don’t Get Scammed into Buying a Salt-Free Softener

May 2, 2017

… because there is no such thing as a salt-free softener, unless you want to include a whole house reverse osmosis system in that definition. Selling “salt-free water softeners” is a marketing dream, because there are no rules and conventional and usual definitions of certain words can evidently just be ignored.  That might explain why many “marketing” companies are selling devices which they call “salt-free water softeners.”  The truth is:…

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