Saltless Water Softener
Saltless Water Softener, Or Conditioner?
Do you need a water softener? Do you need a saltless water softener? You need to determine a number of facts, before you can answer these questions. If your water source is a well, either private or community, there may be minerals suspended in the water. The minerals most commonly found in well water are calcium and magnesium and sometimes iron. The amount of these minerals will determine the hardness of the water. It is considered hard if there are over 121 mg/litre and very hard if over 180 mg/litre of minerals suspended in the water. If the water is hard, a water softener is often recommended. The most common method of softening water is to replace ions of calcium and magnesium with sodium and potassium.
Reasons for softening water: If the water is left untreated, mineral deposits will build up in pipes, around the elements in the hot-water tank (requiring more energy to heat water), on the surface of sinks and toilets, and on the inside of the washing machine and dish-washer (shortening their longevity). Added to this are the clogging up of the shower Fawcett and deposits on glasses and dishes, not to mention clothing getting grey and stiff. The harder the water is, the more soap you will need for any type of washing. Incidentally, individuals who need to restrict sodium or potassium in take for health reasons would want to run a separate line prior to the softening system, for drinking and cooking. There is some concern about negative impact on septic systems with water softened this way. It is also, not recommended for watering of lawns or gardens.
There is a new saltless water treatment system available that has significant advantages over the most common softening treatments. It is Hydropath Technology.
How Does Hydropath Technology Work? To quote from their site: “The Hydropath Technology system induces an electric current at AM frequencies (between 100 and 200 KHZ) up and down the water flow for ranges of hundreds of meters. The transmission is carried out with random breaks in fading sine waves so that the entire range of minerals in the water can be treated. The Hydropath Technology electric field produces crystal nuclei in a saturated solution, as well as in unsaturated solutions. This process attracts charged ions and forms stable crystal nuclei.”
To explain in simpler terms. The hydropath system prevents mineral crystals from forming and attaching together. When this off-white chalky substance builds up on the inside of pipes etc. it is called limescale. The hydropath technology system is so efficient that it will gradually dissolve the limescale that has previously built up on the inside of pipes. Hydropath technology has other significant additional advantages. You don’t have to continually buy the bags of salts to soften the water and then have them make their way into the environment. There is no need to back-wash the system periodically which saves a significant amount of water. You can drink the water from this saltless water treatment system and put it on your lawn or garden as well. If you want to learn more or purchase this system, Hydro Flow Canada caries a saltless water conditioner system instead of a saltless water softener. So again the question. Do you need softened water?" Many consumers believe that they are forced to buy a softener to protect their equipment and keep them running efficiently. However, not everyone wants or likes the "silky" or "smooth" feeling of softened water. They refer to it as "Slimey" or "slippy". These are the people that can benefit from the HydroFLOW technology. These people now have a choice they did not have previously.
How does it work? This signal or frequency alters the physical properties of water forcing suspended material to join and stay in suspension preventing them from adhering or accumulating within the plumbing system. The effect is carried throughout your entire water system upstream and downstream from the HydroFLOW unit. Existing build up will begin to breakdown, over a period between one to four months, leaving your plumbing system free from build-up, which is a major contributor to loss of pressure and, water consuming appliance premature failures, not forgetting the water heater which uses a much greater amount of energy, with only 1mm of scale build up, the water
heater will use 10% more energy. The amount of energy used jumps
dramatically as the scale increases. And all this is done without the use of any chemicals, backwashes or maintenance.
What are the benefits of the HydroFLOWT system?
* Eliminates the Problems Associated with Limescale - without removing
* No complicated installations, or bypass faucets required
* No plumbing required.
* Small enough to take with you when you move or travel.
* With rising energy and water bills, installing the HydroFLOW system
is not only an ecological decision but an economic one too.
* Approximately 1mm of limescale can decrease the efficiency of your
hot water tank by 10%. Limescale wastes electricity and gas as heating
elements become increasingly ineffective.
* Installing HydroFLOW protects valuable household equipment and
appliances, and increases their lifespan.
* HydroFLOW soon pays for itself in the energy savings, and costs very
little to run (approx. $3/year).
* The technology works on all pipes including plastic.
* No backwashing, which reduces amounts going in to septic beds.
Again, the HydroFLOW technology is not a water softener, it is a water conditioner. A conventional softener uses ion exchange which will remove most of the calcium and magnesium, but in order to do this it replaces them with sodium or potassium, making the water not recommended for drinking in case you have a low sodium diet or blood pressure related problems. The HydroFLOW technology has no hardness limits. The unit deals with the problems that hard water causes to the equipment in your home, lime scale. The water is kept natural with no chemical alterations whatsoever and to top off the benefits there is also no plumbing requirements and no maintenance. As it does not remove any minerals the overall hardness remains the same, it keeps the minerals in solution so they will transport through your system without forming encrusting scale that can choke pipes. Preventing this build up and reversing any build up that was accumulated prior to installation amounts to energy savings that will soon pay for the equipment. This cannot be achieved by a conventional softener. The cleaning out period is between 1-4 months depending on water usage. More water usage = quicker clean out.
Some people who have slightly hard water have recently started noticing
staining/spotting in their dishwasher.
The fix might not be as complicated as you think.
The problem is that phosphates were banned from cleaning detergents in July
Before you run out and buy a softener / conditioner, try a citrus based
additive in your dishwasher such as Lemi-Shine first. Lemi-Shine can be
found at Canadian Tire.
This might be all you need.
So if you are looking for a saltless water conditioner in stead of a saltless water softener contact Hydroflow Canada.
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