I had a client ask me about non-salt systems…What is the difference? Do they Work? Are they really softeners? The internet if full of information (or misinformation) and nice pictures with great promises of bliss from non-salt water softening devices. Magnets, Filtration systems, cartridges. All promising soft water without the use of salt! Some of the other promises are no to low maintenance. No need for salt. Less costly. I don’t know of a reputable company that wouldn’t love to have a system that didn’t require the client having to carry bags of salt!
Unfortunately the non-salt systems are not able to soften the water! That is a scientific fact.
They don’t soften the water PERIOD!What do they do? Well they suspend the particles in the water in a way that they don’t stick but even that is not a complete fact. This they use to claim softening and less spots. Some systems claim a CHELATION effect of the particles in the water. I call this the M&M effect. What it means is that some of the particles in the water get coated with a material that keeps the materials from sticking to the pipes so long as the coating remains or even takes place. This coating will allow the materials to flow longer but they are still in the water. The process although considered safe could have some strange potential risks. Magnetic devices only work while the water is flowing. Once the water stops flowing the particles can lose their electrical charge and stick. Here too the materials are still in the water. If you look at the literature that is buried deep in the back pages of their websites or in the disclosures that come with the units you will find some version of the following TRUTHS.
- NOT AS MUCH SOAP SAVINGS
- DOESN’T ELIMINATE SPOTS
- DOES NOT ELIMINATE HARDNESS
- MEDIA WILL NEED TO BE REPLACED OR REPLENISHED EVERY 1 TO 5 YEARS.
- CARTRIDGES NEED TO BE REPLACED EVERY FEW MONTHS
If you are in the market for a water softening or purifying device then you should consider a Purity Bay Unit.If you have a PURITY BAY SYSTEM you have the best possible solution for the water coming into your home right now! You were very wise to invest in your water processing system. If you were to compare the benefits and costs over a 5 year period (their usual warranty)… You will find that the Purity Bay system is much, much more cost effective! And WAY-WAY better protection!