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Full size professional-grade water softeners for only
$595 including delivery!
If you have hard water:
|• Prevent scale and calcium build-up inside pipes and appliances |
• Eliminate hard water white-spotting on fixtures and dishware.
• Prevent your water heater from energy wasting calcium deposits!
• Protect your skin and hair from the drying effects of hard water!
• Low salt consumption and efficient operation
Large Capacity: Won't restrict pressure or flow like some cheaper softeners do..
Fully Automatic: All feature flow meters that track water use and only clean the softener based on actual water usage, saving salt and water.
Large brine tank: large commercial style separate brine tank, makes adding salt easy. No need to add salt frequently because brine tanks holds 300 - 400 lbs of salt.
Economical Operation:salt-effiicient resin and brine control for maximum salt efficiency.
Great warranty! lifetime warranty as long as you own the softener, covers resin tank, brine tanks and resin. 5 year warranty on control valves.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How do water softeners work?
A. Water softeners use a special type of inert resin that selectively removes dissolved positively charged particles, known as ions (in this case calcium and magnesium ions) from water in a process known as ion-exchange. For every ion of calcium that the resin removes, it adds an ion of sodium, or potassium if you use potassium salt. Since sodium or potassium does not form scale or deposits the way calcium hardness does, the water is then considered "soft".
Q.Is salt added to the water to make it soft?
A.No. Salt in of itself does not make the water soft. Removing calcium and magnesium and other "hardness minerals" from water is what makes the water soft.
Q. Is all water hard? What constitutes 'hard' water?
A. No. Waters above 6 to 8 grains of calcium carbonate per gallon are considered "hard". If you are on a private well or spring, you should test your water. Not all city waters are hard. If you see white spots and scale on fixtures and appliances though, chances are the water is "hard".
Q.Doesn't my body need the calcium that it is in my water?
A. No. A balanced diet of calcium-rich foods such as vegetables, meat, soy or dairy products are better sources of calcium.
Q. Isn't all that salt that a water softeners add to the water a major health problem?
A.No. The sodium level in softened water depends on the hardness of the water and the amount of water one would consume. For instance, very hard water containing 20 grains/gallon (also expressed as 340 mg/liter) would add 340 mg of sodium for every liter (about a half a gallon) of water drank. One would have to drink over four gallons of water to exceed recommended daily sodium levels, and in many cases much more than that.
Q. I noticed your water softeners have a separate brine salt tank. The softener I used to have (or the softener I saw at Home Depot or Sears etc) did not have a separate brine tank. Why is your brine tank separate from the softener tank?
A. The cheaper economy-style residential softeners that are commonly found at hardware and appliance stores have the softener tank stuck down inside the brine tank. This saves on space but it makes it very difficult to ever clean the brine tank, which should be done every 3 - 4 years. More importantly the brine tanks we use are professional quality and hold a lot more salt than the cheaper cabinet style softeners, so you don't have to add salt nearly as often. These softener typically hold twice as much salt as the all-in-one style softeners. Still if you have an application that is very short on space, you can order a better quality cabinet from us, just contact our office for a quote. The main disadvantage to having the all-in-one softeners is that the salt fumes can corrode the control circuits and electrical components on the cheaper softeners. With a separate brine tank there is no problem with salt vapors, they stay in the brine tank.
Q.Is softened water OK to drink?
A. Yes and No. Many softened waters are fine for drinking, but it depends on the total dissolved solids and any additives such as chlorine, or contaminants such as nitrate or metals. Soft water removes calcium & hardness minerals only. In most of the areas we serve, the total dissolved solids are high enough that many of our clients use reverse-osmosis systems to purify the water at one tap for drinking and purified ice etc. They continue drinking the water occasionally from other areas of the house.
Q.Doesn't soft water corrode piping?
A. No, this has proven to be false. The confusion arises because many naturally soft waters are also low in pH (acidic) and are naturally corrosive. Softened water actually has a slightly higher pH than un-softened water. Calcium buildup can cause corrosion sites to develop in piping systems and soft water may actually help to prevent corrosion in some cases.
Q. Why is soft water slippery or slimy feeling in the shower?
A. After the calcium is removed the water will feel more slippery, but this does not make your skin dry. Most people will report that after showering in soft water their skin and hair feels softer and less dry.
Q. I really do not like the slippery feeling, yet my water is hard, what can I do?
A. The softeners we have can be adjusted so that a little hard water is blended back into the soft water. This makes the water softer but not zero soft so it eliminates the problem of the slippery feeling. Our systems come with by-pass mixing valve that allows one to blend in some hard water.
Q. Will I save on soap or laundry products by using soft water?
A. Yes! You can expect to dramatically reduce soap and detergent use, on some waters up to 80%. Commercial laundries and hotels know the benefits of soft water and widely use water softeners.
Q. What about alternatives to softened water such as magnets, catalytic water conditioners and catalytic filter media? Do they soften the water without salt?
A. None of these devices remove the water hardness. Instead they claim to change the nature of the calcium scale so it won't stick to the pipes. Most chemists that are knowledgeable about these claims consider it water quackery, i.e. junk science. See this link for more information: http://www.chem1.com/CQ/catscams.html and http://www.chem1.com/CQ/magscams.html
Q. Do you sell the Clack WS1 control valves?
A. We sell parts but do not offer the WS1 control valve anymore. The Clack Corp did not want us to offer it at a discount online anymore and required that we install every neutralizer that used the WS1, to protect their local dealers, so at their request we stopped offering them. For most softner applications we recommend the Fleck 7000 system. Over the last five years we have sold many hundreds of both Fleck 7000 controls and the Clack WS1 controls and continue to sell the Fleck 7000 with great customer satisfaction. The Fleck 7000 has some advantages over the WS1 in that it offers a higher flow rate with less pressure drop and is easier to program. The battery back-up is built-in and lasts longer than the Clack in our experience.
Additional information: Above items are 115v models. Also available in 12v, and 220v/50hz. For use on disinfected water. Installation not included in above pricing. Plus sales taxes where applicable. Flow rates shown above are peak flow rates, based on a pressure drop of 25 psi at the peak flow rate. Actual flow rates will vary based on water temperature and pressure. Flow rate recommendations and installation data is provided as a help in sizing; actual applications and installation could vary, no warranty or guarantees are expressed or implied regarding this information. All 3/4" and 1" units come with heavy-duty bypass valve. Always follow all local plumbing and electrical codes when installing, including installing an air-gap on the drain line connection. For more information see the installation manual.