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I've been asked to install some kind of technology to a building with 40 rooms to soften the water. Browsing through the product catalog I found this so called "Magnetic Water Softener", however theres no description of how it works, how does it make water soft?

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    $\begingroup$ Ostensibly it uses a magnetic field to "pull the ions in the water out" by preventing them to continue flowing after the softening unit. I do not know if this application is proven. $\endgroup$ – J. Ari Aug 1 '17 at 17:27
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    $\begingroup$ Pure crank science, as to me. $\endgroup$ – Ivan Neretin Aug 1 '17 at 17:32
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    $\begingroup$ It works by pulling money from your pocket. Avoid. $\endgroup$ – Todd Minehardt Aug 1 '17 at 17:42
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    $\begingroup$ I would be VERY suspicious of the studies that show any positive results, let alone substantial results, if there is no consensus on feasibility. I agree with Ivan Neretin and Toff Minehardt. $\endgroup$ – J. Ari Aug 1 '17 at 18:23
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    $\begingroup$ The magnets might have some use if there are big particles of iron (pumps breaking down), but it would take mega-gauss field to pull tiny particles of colloidal iron oxides out of the flow. People also put magnets in shoes or bracelets to relieve pain... "There's a sucker born every minute, " attributed to P. T. Barnum. $\endgroup$ – DrMoishe Pippik Aug 4 '17 at 19:44

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