Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Difference Between Salt-Based and Salt-Free Water Softeners

I live in the Los Angeles area and our water was tested to be about 170 mg/L (about 10 grains per gallon).   We have some dark ceramic tiles in our bathroom and glass doors, and my wife is interested in water conditioning or softening as our old softener has died.   

What do you think about the salt-free water softeners, do those work? What is the main difference in softening with a standard salt-based water softener as opposed to salt-free type?  
I have 2.5 bathrooms, 3 bedroom, my wife and 3 kids.  Can I replace a traditional water softener system with a water conditioner and what difference in performance should I see between the two systems?

Jack Smith
Los Angeles

Hello Jack,

Yes, you can remove a traditional softener and replace it with a conditioner system. There will be a difference with the new system in that you will not feel the slippery feeling present with the traditional softener. This is because the hardness was not removed but was crystallized. 

You will have all the other great advantages like cleaner fixtures, and pipes and water heaters free of scale build-up. The additional advantage is that you will not have increased sodium in the water, though you may experience a salty taste or slight odor in the water for a short period of time after you remove your old softener if there was a lot of build-up in the pipes

Water softeners use ion exchange media to remove hardness. Calcium and magnesium ions from water attach to the surface of the resin and are replaced with sodium ions. Softening units require water for backwashing and use brine “salt water” for regeneration, leading to added expenses including $200 to $400 per year for salt. 

Within the Filtersorb system, the water hardness is transformed into firm lime crystals but is not physically removed. These microscopic crystals are brought out of solution, but the crystals cannot attach to pipes or appliances. There is no need for regeneration of the bed because the Filtersorb system works like a catalyst (the media is not used up in the process).

For your home we would recommend the medium sized 4.5 Liter system

Filtersorb System 1054 with 1 inch bypass and pipe connectors.

Maximum flow 15 gallons per minute.

Dimensions: Height 59.5 inch Depth 15.25 inch Width 10.75 inch.

Includes 4.5 liters of Filtersorb SP3 media.

Green Alternative to Conventional Water Softening: The Filtersorb SP3 media acts as a catalyst by accelerating the transformation of the calcium and magnesium minerals into harmless Nano particles.

When the inlet water goes into the water conditioner tank, the Filtersorb SP3 media acts as a catalyst and pulls the hardness minerals of calcium and magnesium out of the solution and then transforms these minerals into inactive Nano crystal particles.

Because the hardness minerals have been transformed into Nano particles, these Nanoscopic particles make their way through plumbing systems without attaching to pipes, fixtures, valves, or heating elements. The end result being conditioned water with minerals, not “soft water” but water containing the same mineral content as the source. " 

Thanks, Jack, for the e-mail.  We hope you find this information useful!