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Softened water-Are you sure?

Yes we are sure for "open" systems, especially for a system which requires frequent additions of water due to evaporation or "boil off".  We call added water like this "make-up".  A good rule to follow:  if you are adding 5% or more of your total system volume each month due to evaporative loss (steam) you are heading for trouble if you do not improve the quality of your "make-up" water, ie soften, etc.  Mineral scale deposits will be the result.   NOT a good situation.  Decreased efficiency.  Drastically accelerated corrosion under the deposits.  Costly clean-up and repair.  A "closed" pressurized system would be the exception to the necessity of soft water feed because of the little to no make-up required. MAKE SURE your softener is functioning properly and do not allow brine water into your boiler when using soft water.  MAKE SURE you are adding corrosion inhibitor like our Treatment Solution 101 with the soft water fill.  Soft water will NOT prevent corrosion.

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