You can’t miss the telltale signs of hard water: glasses come out of the dishwasher looking cloudy, shampoo takes forever and a day to wash out of your hair, and the unpleasant presence of chalky, white buildup around faucets and drains is inescapable.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, nearly 90 percent of homes in the United States have some degree of hard water. Water “hardness” is mineral-rich water containing high concentrations of calcium and magnesium, measured in grains of minerals per gallon. For example, anything under 1.0 gpg qualifies as soft water. Above 7.0 gpg qualifies as hard water.
While not necessarily a health hazard, these minerals can have an abrasive effect on sensitive skin and hair, as well as potentially clogging pores. When you shower with hard water, calcium deposits can cause the scalp and hair to become dry and itchy, leading to frizzy hair and even dandruff. Additionally, if you’ve noticed a stiffening texture in your clothing after doing laundry, and even color fading, this could be due to hard water as well.
The effects of hard water can also wreak havoc on your home, causing a buildup of scale in pipes, faucets and water-involved appliances in much the same way plaque can build up inside arteries of the heart, clogging blood flow. This will be evident in clogged shower heads and soap scum buildup as well. Over time, scale accumulation could very likely lead to performance issues with your pipes, water heater, washing machine and dishwasher. Buildup can lower your water pressure as flow is diminished, possibly leading to costly repairs or replacements.
While high levels of calcium and magnesium in hard tap water are a concern, well water users also have agricultural considerations. Widespread use of pesticides and fertilizer nitrates sharply increase the risk of contaminating the water supply in private wells. Traditional salt based water softeners and water conditioners will not remedy this situation, as their purpose is only to soften the water. To complicate matters, ordinary carbon filters won’t remove some of the more dangerous toxins that could be present in untreated water.
You can protect your home’s plumbing and appliances from the adverse effects of scale buildup, prolonging their life and performance with the ProSoft Saltless Water Softener from ProOne. A revolutionary concept in scale prevention designed to work in conjunction with the ProHome water filtration system, the ProSoft is an excellent saltless alternative to conventional ion exchange based water softeners, reverse osmosis systems or salt/chemical-based systems.
Cost-effective and environmentally friendly water softening systems without the use of salt actually do exist – there’s no need to lug heavy bags of salt around! ProHome ProSoft salt free systems are designed to help condition water and prevent scaling by neutralizing magnesium and calcium rather than removing the minerals from the water. The neutralizing process converts magnesium and calcium into micro-crystals that allow these beneficial minerals to pass through your pipes and household water outlet appliances without sticking to them.
With ProOne, you can finally have confidence in the water flowing through your home.
+ NO salt or harsh chemicals required
+ NO backwashing required
+ Good up to 100,000 gallons per year*
+ Virtually maintenance-free
+ NO chemicals discharged into the environment
+ NO electricity required
+ NO control valve required
+ Easy to refill tank
+ Compact size 7” x 17” or 7” x 13”
+ Easy to install
+ Flow rated at 7gpm
* Based on water hardness of less than 11 grains.