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Old 01-24-2008, 05:43 PM
 
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Default Easy Water - alternative Hard Water Treatment system - anyone have experience with

we are moving to an area with hard water, but would like to avoid the salt-based systems, if a legitimate alternative exists. We have seen commercials for Easy water (EasyWater No Salt Water Softeners - Water Conditioners) and can't tell if it is legit or not.

they have very little practical info on their website, but just enough that it sounds vaguely plausible. However, its about 2x as expensive as the highest end salt-based system.

Anyone have it, use it, or know about it? Any comments/advice would be appreciated.
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Old 01-24-2008, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan and Sometimes Orange County CA
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No idea about this one. We looked into a lot of the no salt systems. They turned out to be shams. Maybe this is an exception. We went with a Kinetico softener. They use considerably less salt than typical systems, but they are insanely expensive. Now we have city water that is very soft.
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Old 05-16-2008, 08:43 AM
 
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Like you I have pretty hard water at my home too. I have an Easywater and it is legit. I had lots of hard water buildup on my showerhead and appliances and the Easywater took care of it. I still have some water spots in the shower, like they said I would, but they are so easy to clean off.

I also love the no salt. My water doesn’t feel exactly the same as when I had a salt softener, but its okay. I don’t have a slimy feeling anymore while taking a shower.

When we first looked into the system we looked at the cost too, but when we calculated how much we would spend on salt, extra backwash water and installation for a salt softener we realized that the one time expense of the Easywater was worth it. Plus it has no maintenance; we haven’t had to think about it since we installed it.

We are very happy with our easywater.
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Old 05-16-2008, 12:13 PM
 
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What ever system you chose be sure you have the water flow to run it. Let the water run over night. Then check your gallons per minute. I use a five gallon bucket.
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Old 05-16-2008, 12:18 PM
 
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What ever system you chose be sure you have the water flow to run it. Let the water run over night. Then check your gallons per minute. I use a five gallon bucket.
Not sure of your meaning; compatible PSI or volume?
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Old 05-16-2008, 12:53 PM
 
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Not sure of your meaning; compatible PSI or volume?
Volume. I have made many service calls for low water pressure. When I asked what changed sometimes they have add a water softener. Some older wells just do not pump enough water. Also some areas of the US.
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Old 05-18-2008, 02:04 PM
 
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Fortunately I do not live where there is hard water. Approx.65 mmhos here.
[I use an Ion exchange unit to finish cleaning the drinking water to triple distilled quality]. UMMMMM.
If I did use a softner, I certainly would not drink it without cleaning it up first. Sure it will cost you some extra money but it is worth every penny in the long run.
Other wise just consider yourself a "bottom dweller"
Steam distillation or an Ion exchange with carbon blocks pre and post, or reverse osmosis will all do the job.
Inorganic minerals and other bad stuff in ground water. UKKKKK!

Silverfox
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Old 05-18-2008, 03:10 PM
 
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Fortunately I do not live where there is hard water. Approx.65 mmhos here.
[I use an Ion exchange unit to finish cleaning the drinking water to triple distilled quality]. UMMMMM.
If I did use a softner, I certainly would not drink it without cleaning it up first. Sure it will cost you some extra money but it is worth every penny in the long run.
Other wise just consider yourself a "bottom dweller"
Steam distillation or an Ion exchange with carbon blocks pre and post, or reverse osmosis will all do the job.
Inorganic minerals and other bad stuff in ground water. UKKKKK!

Silverfox
I guess that makes me a "bottom dweller". We have good water. 5" PVC wells are great!!!!
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Old 05-18-2008, 03:15 PM
 
Location: WA
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I have asked this question before (without seeing an answer) and will again... what it wrong with the softeners that use salt? It is my understanding it is simply an ion exchange process that goes not introduce salt into the water.

We stayed in a home with one for an extended period and enjoyed the water with no negatives noted.
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Old 05-18-2008, 04:19 PM
 
Location: DC Area, for now
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I have asked this question before (without seeing an answer) and will again... what it wrong with the softeners that use salt? It is my understanding it is simply an ion exchange process that goes not introduce salt into the water.

We stayed in a home with one for an extended period and enjoyed the water with no negatives noted.
Some have an issue with the sodium that is in the water from salt conditioners. It does not remove organic solvents or heavy metal contaminates if they are a problem. That's why it is an issue for some.
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