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Salt Free Scale Preventers -- Do They Really work?

There has been much written about salt-free water softeners. In reality there is no such thing as a salt free water softener. The process of "softening" is a chemical substituion of a "soft" mineral (sodium or potassium) for a hard one (calcium or magnesium). The chemical substituion substitutes minerals that do not attach themselves to plumbing, heating elements, soap and other surfaces producing largely more desirable characteristics of water than "hard" water.

Very few people dispute the fact that while most of the characteristics of "softened" water are more desireable for household or industrial use, the effects the softening process are much less desireable for human, animal or plant consumption. The adverse affects to the environment have become a major issue with many municipalities banning the use of salt-based water softeners.

Salt is a proven technology with predictable resutls. Most people would prever not to use salt, but see no viable proven alternative to produce equivlent results. We are assuming you have come to this site because you are interested in technology that does not use salt (either sodium or potassium based). The marketing of many devices which have no basis in logic and no proven effectiveness has tainted the entire industry. We do not wish to engage in a debate about the effectiveness of any particular device, rather we will refer the reader to several websites at the end of this page where the discussions rage about the effectiveness of various technologies. We are only concerned with technologies that work, and have been proven in independent lab tests to work. Many products cite the WQA Gold seal, but the fact is that the Gold seal only means that the product will not poison you, it make no representation as to the effectiveness of the product. (By the way, our producst also carry the WQA Gold Seal).

Sadly, in the USA there is no standard to which a scale preventer or water softener must work to be sold despite the requirement by a growing number of municpalities that salt based softeners cannot be used. The only real standard of effectiveness is the German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water (DVGW) standard W512 which was developed protocol for testing scale prevention properties of these types of devices. This testing protocol is called DVGW Standard W 512. A link to the description of this test is proivided at the end of this page. We are not saying any particular device does or does not work, but if you have a device that really works, why not have it certified by the DFGW? Any consumer who would buy a device not certified by the DVGW should not be surprised if the device is not effective.

The typical standard of TDS (Total Dissoved Solids) has very little relevance with respect to a effective salt-free scale preventer as no minerals are actually removed from the water. The secret of a real working salt-free water softener (scale preventer) is not to remove calcium or magnesium which are both beneficial elements to human, animal and plant consumption, but to bind them in a form where the do not attach to plumbing, soaps or detergents, or any other item through which water flows.

So How does a salt-free scale preventer work?

Recent developments in nano-technology have provided the first breakthrough in

50 years in the water softening industry, a technology called Template Assisted Crystallization (TAC) has produced the first effective chemical free scale prevention method. A specially designed membrane actually provides a template for the crystalization of undesirable elemnts present in the water and then releases seed crystals which futher bind free calcium and magnesium to them, including those already present in the plumbing.

Crystal formation - Atomic sized nucleation sites on the surface of small ceramic-polymer beads convert dissolved hardness into microscopic crystals.

Crystal Release & regrowth - Once the crystals grow to a certain size they are released from the bead. The crystals in solution keep the hardness out of the water so that it can't form scale or interfere with soap.

The actual crystals produced by the nanotechnology are very small, approximatly 1nm, here is a electon microscope of an actual crystal:

OK, I understand the technology, what can I expect from a chemical free water softenerer?

  • Complete protection from scale throughout the house or business.  
  • No salt, chemicals or electricity required.
  • Cleaner, whiter clothes; less soap usage for residential applications, no scale or other deposits on commercial applications.
  • Long lasting media – not consumed by the reactions.
  • Removes existing scale from pipes, water heaters, etc.
  • Preserves beneficial mineral content.
  • No slimy soft water feel. (Note: if you like the slippery feel of salt-softened water you will be disappointed with our salt-free soteners, please do not order!
  • Little to no cost to maintain.
  • Incredible money back warranty and professional US based customer service.,

So, how do I get a scale preventer ("salt free water softener") that really works?

To our knowlege there are three (3) products on the market that actually work, and hundreds that do not work. All of the softeners that work use media that is covered under the same patent as the medis we use. Our product is the lowest priced and has the best warranty of any available product that is certified to be effective. We will consider marketing any similar product that can prove its effectiveness, but so far none have come forward with any independent labratory evidence of their effectivness, thus we offer only one product, sized to fit any application from home to the largest industrial application. Please click the link below to have an expert water quality technician contact you to determine your needs and reccomend the appropriate water treatment system for your needs.

 

 

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