This is an exciting development. This is a water softener that does not use chemicals or salt and it is NOT a magnet. It is a revolutionary media that alters the physical properties of the hardness minerals in your water rendering them incapable of adhering to surfaces such as your pipes, water fixtures and shower doors to name a few. It has all the advantages of conventional water softener treatment without the use of additives, electricity or that slippery feeling (which some people like and some do not). This amazing media was developed by a company called CWG USA (Clean Water Group).
They have detailed specification on their web site and we have them on ours as well at the Filtersorb SP section. Basically, a small amount of this Filtersorb SP media is placed in a media tank, the size of which is determined by flow rate and contact time. You size the system based on your water system’s flow rate. The idea is to provide the input water at least 9 seconds of contact time to perform its hardness alteration. When the water comes out of the Filtersorb SP tank, the hardness molecules are crystallized and therefore unable to adhere to surfaces. You still use 50% less soap, no pipe scale or bathroom scale, and it even cleans any mineral deposits and scale out of your plumbing!
Water Value has these systems set up with a simple Clack up-flow in and out head, bypass valve and connectors. There is no control valve to set or plug in, no extra tank for holding chlorides and no chemicals. That’s all there is to it. It is the simplest water treatment system to connect that we’ve ever seen.
We are currently testing two other sizes (small and large) and should have those available by next week, but the medium system we have available now has a flow rate range of 5 to 7 gallons which will work for the majority of homes.
The first water softener installation guide is finally finished. We chose the Fleck 5600 Econominder because it was the very first softener we started selling online, so it seem appropriate. But it sure was a lot more work than I thought it would be. We ended up at three different installation sites just to get enough photos and examples.
This installation and setup guide will in no way replace an experienced installer or plumber, but it was designed to answer the more common questions we are asked about installation of this particular model. In theory, this guide should answer all common questions that a typical 5600 Econominder installer may have.
This guide is available at the detailed information and specifications page for each of the Fleck 5600 Econominder water softeners that we sell, however it does not (yet) cover setup and installation of the cabinet style models. You can also view this guide at this link. We will be covering the Fleck 7000 softeners next and expect to have that guide available next week.
This subject is covered on literally hundreds of web sites but the vast majority of phone calls we receive begin with the statement, “I’m looking at your web site and I can’t figure out what size water softener I need”. The first answer we’re required to determine then is – do they really need a softener? Because if they are unable to figure out which size they need, they obviously are not “looking at your web site”. While the softener sizing chart is only one web page on our site out of thousands, there are links to it saturated all over WaterValue.com and I’ve even found links to it from competitor’s web sites.
In any case, you will need to know a few things in order to choose the proper size softener:
- How much hardness is in your water? This is what water softeners remove.
- How much water do you use? This equates to the number of people using water in your home/building.
- What are your flow rate requirements? Flow rates are posted for each of the softeners we carry.
- How much iron is in your water if any? Iron up to 3 mg/L can be treated with a common softener.
With this information, it is easy to choose the water softener size that you need. Simply visit our handy water softener sizing chart and you’re all set. That brings us to the next question we’re often asked. “Which is the best softener?” Honestly, if we thought there were one of the 3 brands we carry that was better than all the rest, we would only carry that one. All of our equipment is professional grade and is NOT designed or destined to break down in a year or two. We only sell the best you can buy.
We now have a standard air-gap faucet available online for reverse osmosis systems. This is a standard air-gap faucet that should fit nearly all RO systems. It should be noted that the Tomlinson designer faucets we carry on that same page come with a removable air-gap so that they may work with either configuration.
So what is an air-gap? It’s simply a mechanism that prevents bad, dirty water from backing up into your reverse osmosis system. Not all ROs require an air-gap, a lot depends on how your drain line is plumbed in. Basically, if there is no way that drain water can back up into your RO drain line, then you do not need an air-gap.
Air-gaps for reverse osmosis systems are typically incorporated at either the drain line connection or up at the RO faucet. For faucet air-gap connections, an air-gap equipped faucet is required. That is why we have now made the air-gap version of our standard RO faucet available.
It appears that it has been quite a while since this was last updated, so I’ll list some of the things that have been going on.
Busy? You bet! We are still updating the filter section of the web site and I’m not sure if it’s coincidence or not, but the filter cartridge sales have more than doubled in the last couple of weeks. It could very well have to do with the new lower prices too.
Water Value is now adding an extra component to all of the water softener and automatic backwashing filter systems we carry. This item is called an upper distributor basket and comes in handy when high water flow rates are in effect and when the water flow is connected backwards (which happens now and then). There is no extra cost for this added value to our systems.
Requests for shipping quotes to Alaska and Hawaii have increased quite a bit as well. When requesting shipping rates to AK or HI, be sure to allow us up to one full day to get back with you. Water Value does not mark up shipping costs so an accurate “to the penny” quote from UPS is required by us. Your order items will need to be measured and weighed for each item.
There was a technical problem with the Dealer Listings subscription section. It seems our shopping cart software was adding a shipping fee to the basic subscription. That error has been corrected, so if you know of a local water equipment dealer that would benefit from listing on our site, be sure and let them know.