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What Happens When Outdated Salt Softener Technology is Replaced with Salt-Free Technology


Most Americans (approximately 89%) deal with hard water in their home. The standard solution to this predicament has long been a salt-basedWhat Happens When Outdated Salt Softener Technology Is Replaced With Salt-Free water softener. But, as concerned families may know, many areas of the country have effectively banned salt-based water softeners as a health and environmental hazard.

Right away, this raises questions: what properties of salt-based water softeners led to their ban? There are multiple answers, each one demonstrating why salt-free water softeners are the only reliable, responsible method of treating hard water.

First, salt-based water softeners work through the process of “ion swapping.” Each ion of calcium or magnesium (the minerals that contribute to water hardness) is replaced with two sodium ions. Therefore, when you drink water that has been treated with a salt-based softener you’re drinking water that is high in sodium. Anyone concerned with their sodium intake can see why the average person may object to this method of treatment.

Furthermore, salt-based water softeners create an environmentally harmful discharge. The discharge of salt brines from the regeneration of water softeners can negatively impact the quality of water in groundwater basins, recycled water, and wastewaters. Higher sodium and chloride content in a water supply increases the treatment costs and reduces the potential reuse of wastewater for farming and industrial applications.

Lastly, salt-based water softeners require routine maintenance. At Pelican Water, we recognized early on that the cost to the customer, the cost to the environment, and the potential health issues resulting from drinking water that is high in sodium necessitated a new standard of water softening. This is why we’re so dedicated to being the market leader in salt-free water softening systems.

Salt-free water softeners’ greatest attribute is right there in the name – no sodium is used in the softening process, and thus no salt is added to your drinking water. By neutralizing the undesired effects of magnesium and calcium without removing beneficial minerals, salt-free water softeners create safer, better water for drinking, showering, and cleaning without adding sodium into your water supply.

This also means that salt-free water softeners generate zero brine wastewater. A typical salt-based water softener wastes 70 to 300 gallons of water per week: with a salt-free water softener you generate no wastewater and you avoid dumping potentially harmful brine into the sewers.

Salt-free technology improves the quality of your water while delivering many benefits that make it preferable to outdated salt technology. Virtually no maintenance is required, and there’s no operating cost associated with salt-free technology. Plus, going salt-free will save you money in other ways: salt-free softeners don’t use any electricity, unlike their salt-based counterparts.

Choosing a salt-free water softener carries all of those benefits with the other obvious benefits of saving your appliances and surfaces from hard water damage. Soap scum, clogs in your showerhead, and scale build up on your appliances, ineffective soap, and dull laundry will all be solved. And with salt-free technology, you also solve the problems inherent with using sodium to treat hard water.

Contact a Pelican representative today to determine which salt-free softening system will best meet the needs of your home.

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