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Magnetic Water Softener FAQS

Magnetic Softeners... FAQS

Updated November 1st, 2014

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(The Basics)

Scale Buildup In Pipe

Hard water is a deceiving term… because if the water were hard it would be ice. Rather, it's a term for water that contains a certain amount of minerals or bacteria or both. The picture on the right is obviously a cross-section of pipe that has severe hard water build up in it.
This is what happens to your plumbing when hard water is left untreated.

Scale Buildup In PipeThis lime scale will attach itself to more than just pipes though. Over time it will ruin your water appliances like the hot water tank, the ice maker, the dishwasher, and so on. On the right is another cross-section photo of hard water build up. Notice how this 3/4 inch inside diameter pipe is now more like 1/2 inch inside diameter due to the scale. 

Clean Copper PipeWhen treated with a set of our softeners, many of the hard water characteristics are reduced or eliminated.
Not only is the scale build up halted, but the process of removing the scale begins. The photo to the right is an example of what a pipe can look like on the inside after a year or more of magnetic water treatment.

Enter Neodymium Magnets!

Ceramic Magnets Take a Back Seat

The first set of magnetic water conditioners I put on our home back in 1989 had ceramic magnets. We developed and started producing our own softeners which were also ceramic-based, and stayed with that design from 1995 to 2006. That's when we discovered, tested, and completely redesigned them based on the much stronger neodymium magnets. A neodymium magnet of the same size of ceramic costs around 40 times as much, but the results are well worth it.

So here we are nine years later (March of 2014 as I write this) and some of the biggest names in magnetic water treatment are still using ceramic magnets.

2+2 Does Not = 4 When it comes to magnetics

You would think that if you put ten 800 gauss magnets one next to the other you would get 8000 gauss. However, you'd still get only 800 gauss, but was much more pulling power. Below is a series of photos that show actual gauss readings and will hopefully give you an idea of the reality of how they work.

Surface of a grade 8 ceramic magnet. 

Ceramic Magnetic Reading 

Surface of an N42 neodymium NEO PLUS magnet!

Neodymium Magnetic Reading

Standard NEO PLUS Reading Inside 3/4" Copper Pipe!
Over 5,100 gauss maximium!

Focused Neodymium Reading In Pipe

Large Pipe NEO PLUS Reading Inside 1 1/2" Sch 40 PVC Pipe!
Over 3,600 gauss maximium!

 Magnetic field using our large pipe unit

The Bottom Line? If You Want The Best - Get Neodymium!



Questions and Answers

Hard water… What is it? 

As stated above, we use the term hard water when there are enough minerals and/or bacteria in groundwater.

 

How do I find out if my area has hard water?

You can ask your local water company if you have one, and don't be able to tell you almost exactly what the makeup of the water is at your home. If you have a well and if you don't know the hardness level you can get a test kit to find out.

 

Why should I use magnetic water softeners?

For us the answer is easy… they don't use any power and they don't pollute the environment, and they last more than 100 years. Oh yeah, it's easy to take them with you when you move.

Can Magnetic Softeners Be Used On Steel Or Galvanized Pipes? 

 

Is there a difference between condition water and softener water?

Not really, the two phrases are pretty much interchangeable. When the average person thinks about softener water, they're really thinking about salt chemical water treatment units for the home. Manufacturers of magnetic softeners tend to use the term condition when they describe the treatment of water.

Are the effects of magnetically soften water permanent? 

It's been shown that the benefits of magnetic conditioning begin to fade approximately 2 days after the water has passed through the magnetic field. In most situations this is enough time for the water to make it from the units to your drain.

What about on demand water heaters and regular hot water heaters?

If your home has on demand or instant hot water you don't have to put a 3rd device on to boost the magnetic charge. If you have a typical hot water tank (electric or gas) you will need the extra assembly on the output to recharge your hot water.

What about refrigerator's with ice makers or water faucets?

These usually fall under the category of low flow devices, but not always. If you have a large family that uses a lot of ice and drinks cold water from the fridge, you may be moving the water from the softeners to the fridge in less than 48 hours. In that case, no additional treatment is required. If your fridge doesn't move that much water we offer a mini that can be placed on the back of the refrigerator over the quarter inch waterline. This will assure that the water going into the refrigerator is always freshly treated.



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