Do Water Softening Gizmos Really Work?
Whenever there’s a legitimate need for a product, you can bet that somebody’s going to come up with an “alternative” that’s supposed to offer the same benefits as a professional option, usually at a greatly reduced price. As we look at this information, remember that price is not as important as value. Maybe you only spent $50 for an appliance that attaches to your sink and supposedly changes the quality of your water, but, in the end, you may as well have taken the $50 and put it right down the drain.
Amazing Technology That Uses No Salt!
One of the unifying aspects to the pseudoscientific devices out there that are supposed to soften your water is that they don’t use salt. This is sometimes touted as a benefit. Systems without salt cannot soften water. AZ Central details this nicely, pointing out that many of the systems that make this claim are simply scale inhibitors. This is one of the myths about water softening that consumers need to be informed about. There are others, however, including ones that center on electromagnetism as a means to soften water.
Magnetism has always been something that people have been fascinated with. For all of the ways it can be explained scientifically, it does tend to appear somewhat magical. People tend to ascribe to it qualities and abilities that it simply does not have. Currently, there are companies out there that claim that magnetic force can filter water. It cannot. You can check the WQA’s research on this, which, unlike the marketing for magnetic water softeners, was done scientifically. If the WQA doesn’t convince you, you can get the same opinion from the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Water treatment is a complex process that involves chemistry, physics and biology all being used together to make a safer glass of water and to preserve the appliances in your home. One of the current marketing techniques right now involves ionizers and devices that make water more alkaline. The fact that these products sell doesn’t speak to their efficacy so much as it speaks to a generalized misunderstanding of what the terms ionization and alkaline actually mean.
About The Author:
Greg Scott is President of Valparaiso based Miracle/EcoWater Systems, the premier water conditioning company in Northwest Indiana serving the Lake, Porter and LaPorte County areas. A 3rd generation water treatment professional, Greg grew up in the family owned business started by his grandfather in the late fifties. He has made water treatment his life and under his direction and high-standards, the company’s water treatment experience, knowledge, and products are unrivaled in region.