Preventing Scale in Tankless Water Heaters

Most tankless water heater manufacturers have a disclaimer in their warranty. One major tankless water heater manufacturer says this: “Warranty shall be void in the event of an occurrence of any of the following:…. Any damage caused by local adverse conditions including but not limited to hard water deposits, lime or mineral build-up…” has a blog on Basic Tankless 101 written by M. Scott Gregg which is very insightful…

November 24, 2016

Salt Free Water Softener Deception

For the record, if you Google “Salt-Free Water Softeners” you will find quite a few companies who say they have them.  Therein lies the deception because they don’t.  Aquasana, Futura, Lifesource, NuvoH2O, Pelican and several others say that they have a salt-free water softener.  The only problem is that they don’t!  Salt free water softeners are fiction.  It is simply not true.  It’s a deception. What would you think, if…

October 31, 2016

Do Salt Free Water Softeners Work?

The simple and easy answer is NO, because in actuality, what many companies call “Salt-Free Water Conditioners” simply do not soften the water. By definition, a water softener is any device that reduces the hardness to below one (1) grain per gallon (gpg).  If it doesn’t do that, it’s not a water softener.  We have tested the following systems as to whether they are “water softeners” or not and here is…

May 8, 2016

The Hard Truth About Salt-Free Water Softeners

February 8, 2015

For about the last ten years salt-free water softeners have become the dream of many marketing companies.   It’s not like they haven’t always been out there – I’ve been in the water treatment business for 42 years and I have seen plenty of these types of companies come and go – but they are now here en mass. I have often wondered why it seems that there are so many…


Do They Really Soften Water Without Salt?

September 3, 2014

I keep telling you NO, salt-free water softeners do not soften water and do not exist, but some people don’t want to believe me. At any rate, I am going to keep telling you and today, I will let you prove it to yourself.  Maybe the truth hurts… Anyway, here are but a few companies (with their links) who purport to sell you Water Softeners that Don’t Use Salt: Aquasana…


The latest on salt free water softeners

September 19, 2013

The latest information is that there is still no such thing. End of story! There are salt-free water conditioners, but not salt-free water softeners.  Salt-free water softeners are like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny – they make a  nice story, but they just aren’t real.  Maybe you shouldn’t tell you kids just yet though – just let them think that salt free softeners are still real.   By the time…


It’s harder to fool people than it used to be

October 23, 2012

I am an avid reader of Seth Godin’s Blog  (it’s worth the price of admission) and read this today: Everybody knows everything William Goldman famously pointed out that before Hollywood releases a picture, nobody knows anything about how it’s going to do. It’s such a black art that there are no real clues, yet every self-important exec acts as though he’s an expert. It’s easy to pretend expertise when there’s…


Hard Water Causes Plugged Drains

June 10, 2012

Soap scum is a common source of clogs in bathtub drain systems. While it is not solid, it can solidify after it goes down the drain, gradually building up on your drain’s walls. As it does this, it can also stick to anything else passing through your drain, such as hair, making your other potential clogs into real clogs more quickly.


Water Softeners – Absolutely Not!

June 4, 2012

Question: The Pelican and the Futura state you will use less soap and detergent with their salt free system compared to not having treated water. Are they lying? At least Pelican states you will use even less soap with a salt based system compared to salt free system. Is the green wave basically the same system as these two- meaning media stuff inside? – CT Answer: You will have to…