There is a lot of discussion about the best way to treat hard water and a lot of debate as well. To understand the best method for treatment, we should first understand what it (hardness) is.

Hard water is described as water that has a high concentration of Calcium & Magnesium (hardness minerals). Hard water minerals can leave deposits, scale and more commonly: soap scum, white spots, itchy skin, dingy clothes, spotted dishes, etc. So how do you improve the quality of your water and treat the hardness? The answer is simple, fix it with a water softener.

The “Drinking Water Dictionary” describes a water softener as: A chemical compound, that when introduced into water used for cleaning or washing, will counteract the effects of the hard water minerals and produce the effect of softened water. Sounds pretty straight forward, right, then why is it so confusing? Let’s break it down.

When we discuss softeners, the most known method used to treat hard water is an ion exchange process. This method is most commonly referred to as a salt softener. There is a lot of science that goes into how this system removes hardness but basically the salt softener has a resin tank containing thousands of tiny resin beads that hold electrically charged ions. When freshly regenerated, the beads become full of sodium ions from the water softener salt. As hard water passes through the salt softener system, the calcium and magnesium ions are attracted to the resin beads. There, sodium ions are exchanged for the hard water minerals. The salt softener system then delivers soft water for your use.

Another method that treats hardness by using a special blend of polyphosphate is called PolyHalt®. PolyHalt® is a simple but very powerful product, it’s power comes from its ability of change the behavior of metals dissolved in water. These metals include; calcium and magnesium (hardness minerals), iron and manganese. PolyHalt® attracts and binds with these metals forming a new and very stable PolyHalt®/metal complex. Once complexed with PolyHalt® metals are prevented from being able to react further, they are literally held in suspension. The common name for this well‐known process is called sequestration. Because metals in water treated with PolyHalt® are prevented from further reaction or behaving as they normally would, the water, in many ways, behaves as though the metals are not present.

After treatment with PolyHalt® the water will not be able to stain, react with soaps or form hard scale deposits, the water is softened. The PolyHalt®/metal complex that is formed is very durable and long lasting. Tests have shown hardness to remain sequestered in excess on two years and through being violently shaken hundreds of times over the years.

Both treatment methods are very effective for treating hard water. The difference between them is simple. PolyHalt® is smaller, easier to install, requires very little maintenance, doesn’t require salt, uses no power, produces zero waste water, and is environmentally friendly.

PolyHalt® is part of our ICS (Integrated Cartridge Solutions) systems. This system requires about 15 minutes of maintenance annually and has no need for drains or electricity. The small size makes installation simple and they can fit just about anywhere. ICS systems are a whole house treatment method that will protect pipes, appliances, and make your life easy.

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