What does the unit do? a. It prevents the formation of hard water scale in water heaters & pipes b. It will stop the formation of hard water scale on shower doors & fixtures. c. It will prevent hard water “bathtub ring” and allow the use of less soap and detergent. d. It removes chlorine and chloramines from the water to improve taste, odor and protect you from the unhealthy effects of chlorine. e. Heavy metals such as lead are significantly reduced.
This sounds like a combination water softener and carbon filter. Is this true? In principle it is, but with a totally different science with its own unique features.
What are some of these features? First, it is all done in one space saving tank that measures under 55″ high and only takes up a circle of one-foot diameter on the floor. Second, there are no regeneration chemicals like salt used at all.
Does a regular softener use a lot of salt? It depends on the hardness of the water and also the number of people in the home. Based on the averages the savings would be over 700 pounds of salt a year. That’s $75-$100 a year or almost $1,000 over the 10 year life of a softener. Not to mention the back braking job of lugging all of that salt.
Are there other advantages? Certainly, A big one is that this unit NEVER regenerates so there is never water discharged down the drain.
Do regular water softeners waste a lot of water? Again it depends on the water hardness, softener design, and the family size. But the average would be about 10,000 gallons a year.
It sounds like this unit is very friendly to the environment. Is this true? Yes it is. Also in many parts of the US there is legislation pending to stop the discharge of the salt into municipal sewers. You can imagine the problems that would be caused by hundreds or thousands of softeners draining into a single city’s sewer system.
Are there even more advantages? Yes there are. The unit has no valve mechanism and thus no need for electricity. Though the cost of electricity is quite low for most softeners the cost of installation is often less because no outlet is needed. With no valve there are no moving parts so service is eliminated.
You mentioned filtration of chlorine. Won’t there be a need to replace the carbon? We do not use carbon. We use a special material (KDF) that will last for millions of gallons. Expected life is for over 10 years of normal use.
How does it work? The scale prevention process is quite easy. We use a patented combination catalytic and magnetic chamber to change the calcium (hardness) of the water from a dissolved material to sub microscopic particles that wash through the plumbing system without being able to connect themselves to the pipes or heaters. In this form they will not react with soaps or detergents. We have found that magnets alone do not work as effectively so that is why we combine the magnets with a catalytic device.
What about the chlorine removal? The material we employ (KDF) uses a process that turns the chlorine to a chloride which is a form that is non-detectable in the water.
Will the water test soft? No. The test chemicals are designed to put the hardness back into solution. Once back into solution they will show hardness on test kits.
I thought all equipment had to have a valve. Why not yours? Because we have a constant upward flow path that keeps the filter media always moving and not packing down and collecting dirt.
Can this unit be used on all water supplies? NO! We must know something of the chemistry of the water. In particular the Calcium hardness, total alkalinity, and pH. From this we can establish the Langelier index and apply it to our lab test data. We estimate that 85% of all municipal water supplies can be treated. If on a private well we would encourage a test or an evaluation of existing test data.
In essence this unit uses no chemicals, has no valve, has no moving parts, uses no electricity, discharges no water down the drain, and will prevent the problems of hard water and protect me from the dangers of chlorine, while improving taste & odor for 10 years or more. YES!
Is there anything special about the water from this unit compared to water that has gone through a salt using softener? Yes. First, there will not be the slippery feel on your skin when you shower or bathe. This feel comes from the sodium reacting with your body oils. Secondly, we add nothing to the water such as sodium mentioned previously. This could be important to someone on a low sodium diet.
Any other special things about the water? There is an unusual phenomenon that takes place. The surface tension of the water is reduced. This is often referred to as making the water “wetter”. It simply means that the water can penetrate a plant more effectively and deeper so that the plants are more hardy and grow better. With a standard salt type softener, that water is actually harmful to plants.
Is this a brand new technology, or has there been some experience in actual use? We have employed catalytic and magnetic processes since 1994. We have also used the special filtration media (KDF) for that period of time. There were over 1,000 units placed world wide in the first 5 years.
Has the performance been reliable? YES! WE have fewer than 1/2% field problems and without exception they resulted from situations where the units were placed on water supplies that were outside of the limits that have been established through testing.
Are there any general guidelines that can be used on the water chemistry where the use of this unit would be OK? Hardness up to 20 grains, pH 7.5 or less and a visibly clear water. this as stated before, would include about 85% of municipal water supplies.