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Hard Water Easy Solution
« on: November 17, 2018, 05:09:10 PM »
I am more or less stationary for awhile.

Last year I bought a 5th wheel with washer, dishwasher, full bath etc. I eat at home so my kitchen sink is very busy.

Now I live in a semi-hard water area with a deep well. Rig was bought from an area with even harder water.

I've looked at the hassle of salt water softener and also studied hard water conditioning which is a different technique.

After weeks of research, I decided to go with a Georgia company and install an electronic descaler water conditioner.

WOW.

Installing it was simple enough. I was lucky in that my basement provided a nearby 110 outlet which is critical since the unit  needs power. The first few weeks not much happened except it seemed like I detected a sulfur odor when I returned from an outing such as dog walking.

This might have been coincidental but this park does rely on a deep well for water and it might have been the conditioner kicking in.

A few weeks go by and the shower water starts feeling really rough! Like I am being spit at with sandy water. I soaked the shower head and other sink aerators in vinegar overnight to remove hard water build up. The sandy sensation didn't last long, but apparently this  descaler conditioner loosens up hard water deposits from the plumbing and moves them out.

Another few weeks go by and the sandy water went away and was replaced with super soft silky feeling water. I can feel and see the difference in my long hair. The washing machine is also making suds, not a lot but certainly more than before. I don't use softener with my clothes though I used to use vinegar in a downy ball auto releaser. However now, there is no need for that and I continue to dry my clothes without a softener sheet.

I was vigorously cleaning everything that had hard water stains. Now it's a breeze to keep things clean and hard water free. I wash my sink areas and then dry with a microfiber cloth. My sink and faucets look shiny new again. My volume of water has improved because the plumbing on this 25 year old rig is not clogged up with hard water deposits anymore.

I am THRILLED with my choice and find the price I paid of $149.99 to be entirely reasonable, given my fabulous results. If you are fed up with hard water problems, give this a try.

There are many systems on the market but I chose this Georgia company that specialized in water treatments.

iSpring ED2000 Whole House Electronic Descaler Water Conditioner

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0744TC3PW/
I also use an instant hot pot to make French press coffee. Normally this needs descaling often but since I put in this conditioner, it doesn't seem to need descaling anymore.

Honestly, I don't know why I waited so long to do this. The benefits are SO worth it!

I have long hair and what a difference with both my skin and my hair. The bath water feels different. I am a happy camper!  ;D
« Last Edit: November 20, 2018, 05:53:52 AM by Tom »
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Re: Hard Water Easy Solution
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2018, 06:29:20 PM »
My question would be: How often do you have to empty all that scale that is removed?   ???

Oh, it all still goes right down the pipe as it always did, right?

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Re: Hard Water Easy Solution
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2018, 07:20:57 PM »
VERY INTERESTING!  This is a new concept to me.

It seems, by the description, it knocks the Calcium  (Ca) out of solution, so a particulate filter after the unit may be a good idea.  This water with reduced Ca (no longer Ca saturated) can now dissolve Ca deposits (scale) in the water lines, which may come out as a sandy material.  It also softens Ca deposits on and around faucets.

This is in total agreement with what Miss Mermaid reported.

For folks with hard water, this sounds like a great idea, especially for the price and lack of maintenance required.
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Re: Hard Water Easy Solution
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2018, 08:02:38 PM »
My question would be: How often do you have to empty all that scale that is removed?   ???

Oh, it all still goes right down the pipe as it always did, right?

I wonder if a particulate filter on the output side would be beneficial...
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Re: Hard Water Easy Solution
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2018, 08:15:12 PM »
I wonder how well one of these low cost descalers works in comparison to the iSpring and other products. Most of the reviews are positive, so at the price, I might give one a try...

https://www.amazon.com/Electronic-Descaler-Decalcifier-Conditioner-Assembled/dp/B073ZCR723/
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Re: Hard Water Easy Solution
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2018, 09:01:47 PM »
For drinking water, I use Berkey.

Requires no electricity or water pressure. Converts tap water to purified water.

Can filter any water such as well, river, lake, anything except salt water.

I love my Berkey because the taste is awesome. I use it for cooking, drinking, coffee, tea, ice etc.

I own the small "travel" Berkey whuch purifies about 6 quarts at a time. I store it in carafes and reusable stainless steel water bottles.

https://www.amazon.com/Bundle-Purifier-Filters-Fluoride-Stainless/dp/B06Y1PJ46Q/
« Last Edit: November 20, 2018, 05:52:55 AM by Tom »
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Re: Hard Water Easy Solution
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2018, 09:10:39 PM »
My question would be: How often do you have to empty all that scale that is removed?   ???

Oh, it all still goes right down the pipe as it always did, right?

Over time the scale sticks to the inside of the plumbing pipes. The conditioner will eventually loosen it all up, sending it out and down the drain eventually. That is probably why the water felt sandy to me. This could take weeks or months.

Once it's all out, the conditioner continues to prevent any scaley buildup and the hard particles that used to stick to the plumbing, now just pass on through.

I am super pleased with the results. My dishes are easier to clean and I don't have hard water spots on them anymore.

As of this writing, I've been using mine for 10 weeks in a 25 year old 5th wheel. I guess it took awhile to clean out the pipes.  ;D
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