I'm extremely skeptical of the idea of magnetic water softeners (strong magnets attached to pipes), but desperately wish it were true because I hate lugging 40# bags of salt out to my well house in the hot Texas sun.
I'd love to see some objective research results on the subject from someone who isn't selling a magnetic water softening system.
For the purposes of this question, "work" is defined as changing the properties of water treated with the system to:
- Substantially improve the effectiveness of soap products using the output water.
- Minimize scale buildup on fixtures, in pipes, and on dishes.
The reason I'm being so specific is that I've seen some defenders of this technology that claim you get the benefits of soft water using their systems, but because of the way it works it doesn't show any difference on standard water hardness tests. That is, it is pseudo-soft water, but acts like soft water for all practical purposes. Just the fact that they have a miracle solution, that involves magnets, and is resilient to empirical testing makes me extremely skeptical.