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    Posted: Feb 19 2014 at 10:30am
for years we have had a salt water softner and its getting to the point we need a new one.
Any one here have any pros and cons on the salt free water softners?
 
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I didn't know they existed!
 
 
Well, I actually removed the one that was in our house when we first moved in. The water showed almost as soft with and without the softener - so I got rid of it.
 
Depending on if you're 100% monroe water, a mix, or fully county water - you may not need it.
 
I know that's not what you were asking, but some info nonetheless.
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Im in monroe and water is so hard here that when i brush my teeth the enamel chips away
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Haha...have you actually tested the soft/hardness?
 
I'm in Monroe as well, but apparently get the 50/50 mix county and monroe water.
 
 
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I dont have to test our water for hardness ,,i know its hard ..
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I know when I changed the anode rod in our water heater a couple years ago, it was basically a stallagtite. 
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Found this and have provided a link to the rest of the story. http://idahowatersolutions.com/water-softeners/the-truth-salt-vs-salt-free-water-softeners/

Salt Based Water Softeners

Let’s take a look at how this system works. Water Softening by definition is REMOVING Calcium (Ca2+) and Magnesium (Mg2+) from the water through a process called ion exchange using a polymer resin bed which gives off a sodium particle in exchange for hardness minerals.

A water test would show this type of result –  Before treatment 10 grains/gallon, results after treatment 0 grains/gallon. The system works great.

Salt based water softeners use an electronic metered valve mounted atop a fiberglass resin tank that meter water by the gallon and then run a cleaning cycle when the ion resin bed reaches a saturation point. During the cleaning cycle, the electronic valve cycles a series of back flushes to purge the hardness particulates that have been captured from the system and flush them down a drain line. The sodium is also replenished in the resin bed during the cycle and all is ready to go again.

Salt Free Water Softeners – Descale Treatment

In the process above (true water softening), hardness minerals are actually removed from the water. In the salt-free process minerals are retained in the water, but their form is changed so they will not adhere to surfaces.

Water is processed through a catalytic media using a physical process called Template Assisted Crystallization (TAC). What happens is the hardness minerals are converted to a hardness crystal that is not able to bind to surfaces. This is actually water conditioning, not softening.

A water test would show this result: Before treatment 10 grains/gallon, result post/treatment 10 grains/gallon. Again, The hardness is still there… just changed so it won’t adhere to surfaces.

There is no electrical valve needed on a salt-free system because the system works as a conditioner and never captures anything therefore eliminating the need to purge any minerals.

- See more at: http://idahowatersolutions.com/water-softeners/the-truth-salt-vs-salt-free-water-softeners/#sthash.TOay55Jk.dpuf
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If they are using chelants to prevent hardness precipitation, chelation works.  I would be hesitant to drink the chemical!  I'm not sure what the 'salt free' treatment consists of as their webpages are vague.

If they are using a method to transform the hardness so it will not bind to a surface using a glorified electromagnet, I'd pass on the offer.
http://www.amazon.com/Eddy-Electronic-Water-Descaler-Alternative/dp/B003Z96GR4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394287974&sr=8-1&keywords=water+softener

Water contains dissolved hardness salts.  The only way to get rid of them is through a filter like a Reverse Osmosis Filter or a Softener.

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