Salt-based water softeners are effective at removing hard minerals like calcium and magnesium from water, but they do come with some risks: 1. Health risks - Salt-based water softeners add sodium to your drinking water, which can be a concern for people on low-sodium diets or with health conditions that require them to limit their sodium intake. 2. Environmental risks - The salt used in water softeners can harm plants and soil when discharged into the environment. Additionally, it can increase salinity levels in wastewater, which can be problematic for treatment facilities. 3. Maintenance - Salt-based water softeners require regular maintenance, including adding salt and cleaning the resin tank. Failure to maintain the system can result in reduced efficiency and costly repairs. 4. Cost - Salt-based water softeners can be expensive to install and maintain, and the cost of salt can add up over time. 5. Effects on plumbing - Over time, salt-based water softeners may lead to the degradation of plumbing fixtures and pipes due to the high levels of sodium in the softened water.
In fact there are several states including Connecticut that have mandated that all salt-based water softeners must drain into their own dedicated dry well.
HydroFLOW can be the perfect solution as it requires no salt, no harsh chemicals, no plumbing changes and no maintenance. Plus it kills up to 99..990% of algae and bacteria including e.Coli and Legionella. Much more than a simple salt-based water softeners.