Does a Saltless Water Softener Really Work?


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Salt-based and salt-less water softeners both work. They remove the water "hardness," which is caused by minerals present in the water, in different ways and produce different results. The best system to use for the homeowner is subjective, and it depends on the preferences of the homeowner.

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Calcium and magnesium create hard water and scale. Salt-based systems work by chemically removing these minerals from the water and discarding them. Salt-free systems convert hardness minerals into a crystal, which cannot bind to surfaces. The minerals remain in the water, but no longer harm the water system. The main benefits of salt-free systems are not needing to replenish the salt regularly and not having the "slick" feeling water that salt-based systems have.

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