We are continuing our series discussing a reverse osmosis system as a residential hard water solution. As we mentioned in previous articles, a reverse osmosis system only makes a few gallons of water a day. Although it is not suitable for preventing hard water in a residential setting, it can be used to complement an electronic water descaler. When it comes to hard water treatment options, the ScaleBlaster electronic water descaler is an effective limescale eliminator and prevents new scale from forming. It also does not require ongoing maintenance or have any filters to clean or replace.
If you own a reverse osmosis drinking water system, you will need to clean, sanitize, and recharge it on a regular basis, once a year at a minimum. This is a process that you will either need to hire a professional to perform or do yourself. If you plan to do it yourself, you will need to consult your owner’s manual, but in a nutshell, the process will involve ensuring the surrounding area is clean and free of dirt and dust, completely shutting off the main water valve, and removing the water from the faucet on your reverse osmosis system (many models are equipped with an air gap faucet.) You will then need to remove all of the filters and membrane from their housings and pour either hydrogen peroxide, unscented bleach, or designated sanitizer into the pre-filter housing and cycle the system with water.
Each reverse osmosis system is different, so as we mentioned earlier, this is just a brief overview to give you an idea of what the process entails. You will need to consult your owner’s manual for instructions specific to your unit.
Bottom line, an electronic water descaler is effective at water scale removal / pipe scale removal and prevents new scale from forming. It is one of the most affordable hard water treatment options on the market and is the one residential hard water solution that requires no ongoing maintenance. The ScaleBlaster electronic water descaler is available at Home Depot (in-store and online) and online at Lowe’s and Costco. We invite you to give it a try today!