LESLIE: Alright. Now we’ve got Rodney in Alabama who’s calling in with a water-quality question. What can we do for you today?
RODNEY: Well, I live right outside of Birmingham, in a rural area, and my house is about 18 years old. I have a coal (audio gap) water-softening system that runs off of the salt tablets. I recently saw an advertisement for something called EasyWater and when I looked it up on the internet, it looks like it’s a control box that you mount on the wall with a wire coming off of it. And you wrap the wire around your incoming water supply and it’s supposed to reduce the hardness (audio gap) water and take the place of that other unit. Do you know anything about how effective that type system might be?
TOM: Yeah, Rodney, the EasyWater system is one that actually we are familiar with. They sent us a couple of units some years ago. Had a chance to put it in a friend’s house who had very good experience with it. It is a less-expensive alternative to a salt-based system.
Installation, as you said, is pretty simple. You do have to wrap a wire basically around your main water line. And what it does is it sort of takes the mineral deposits inside the water and polarizes them in the sense that it pushes them against each other so that they won’t stick …
LESLIE: Like reverse-polarizes them.
TOM: Yes, so it won’t – they won’t stick together. Kind of like when you take the two positive sides of a magnet and try to push them together and they don’t stick? That’s what happens; they sort of bounce off each other and they don’t stick. So as a result, they flow through the plumbing system; they flow through the faucets and the screens and the restrictors.
And people have had very, very good success for it, with it. They also have a real solid guarantee. And I tell you, Bill Freije – is the guy’s name that’s behind it – is a very solid guy and a really industrious – a really good inventor. So I would definitely give it a shot and if you’re not happy with it, they’ll take it back.
RODNEY: Alright. That sounds great. It sounds like a good alternative to the old salt-lugging thing there, so I appreciate the information very much.
TOM: You’re very welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.