How Do I Know If I Have a Hard Water Problem?

How Do I Know If I Have a Hard Water Problem?

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It can be difficult to know if you have a hard water problem, especially when you move into a new home.  Testing your water and/or obtaining water reports from your municipal water provider is a good place to start.  If your home is new and you have hard water, it is advisable to install a residential hard water solution before you begin to have problems.  Let’s take a look at some common signs of hard water.  If you are experiencing any of these, you should consider installing the ScaleBlaster electronic water descaler right away to prevent hard water issues from escalating.

Crusty Buildup

If you notice a crusty buildup in faucets, showerheads, drains and any fixtures exposed to water, then you need to start considering hard water treatment options. This crusty buildup is lime scale, and it is caused by high levels of calcium and magnesium found in hard water. The ScaleBlaster electronic water descaler prevents calcium carbonate from adhering to pipes and fixtures, thus keeping new scale from forming. ScaleBlaster is an effective lime scale remover as well.

Appliances Not Working Efficiently

Lime scale buildup can cause appliances that come into contact with water (i.e. washer, dishwasher, coffee maker, etc.) to be less efficient.  Less efficient appliances have to work harder and often require more electricity to operate. The ScaleBlaster residential hard water solution is an effective lime scale remover. It will address existing pipe scale and keep new scale from forming.

Water Flow Issues

If you notice issues with your water flow, this could be a result of lime scale buildup in your pipes. ScaleBlaster is an effective lime scale remover that is safe, eco-friendly and does not require the use of chemicals. Once installed, it not only handles pipe scale removal, but it prevents new scale from forming, which is why ScaleBlaster has become such a popular residential hard water solution.

When it comes to hard water treatment options, the ScaleBlaster electronic water descaler is the preferred choice among homeowners.  They choose ScaleBlaster because it is affordable, effective, easy to install and requires no chemicals, salt or maintenance. If you are seeking a residential hard water solution, look no further. ScaleBlaster is available at Home Depot (in-store and online) or online at Lowe’s and Costco.  Consider picking one up today!

Residential Hard Water Solution

Do I Really Need a Residential Hard Water Solution?

Residential Hard Water Solution - Do I Really Need a Residential Hard Water Solution?

Part One

Many homeowners contemplate whether or not they need a residential hard water solution.  Some are hesitant because many hard water treatment options can be costly. Fortunately, the ScaleBlaster electronic water descaler is a residential hard water solution that is affordable and effective in water scale removal and prevention.

Our next series of articles will examine some of the primary reasons why homeowners should consider hard water treatment options.

Appliances

Over time, appliances that come in contact with hard water (i.e. coffeemaker, dishwasher, washing machine, etc.) operate less efficiently due to limescale buildup.  The ScaleBlaster residential hard water solution is effective in both water scale removal and prevention.  Therefore, once ScaleBlaster is installed, your appliances will begin to operate more efficiently thus improving their life expectancy.

Showerheads and Faucets

Showerheads, faucets and other fixtures that come into contact with hard water are subject to limescale buildup. Once the ScaleBlaster electronic water descaler is installed, water scale removal begins.  Over time, you will notice your showers and faucets operating more efficiently and there will be no more “white” buildup and soap scum to scrub and clean.

Poor Water Pressure

Poor water pressure is caused by limescale buildup.  Homeowners often choose ScaleBlaster over other hard water treatment options because it is effective in both pipe scale removal and prevention.

Our next article will cover additional reasons why homeowners should consider a residential hard water solution.

As you can see, when it comes to hard water treatment options, ScaleBlaster has tremendous benefits.  Additionally, it is eco-friendly, requires no maintenance, and does not use any chemicals. If you are ready to implement a residential hard water solution, then give the ScaleBlaster electronic water descaler a try.  It is available at Home Depot (in-store and online) and online at Lowe’s and Costco.

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Consequences of Hard Water

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We are continuing our series on problems caused by hard water.  Many homeowners turn to water decalcification systems to help resolve their hard water issues.  However, not all hard water treatment options are equal.  The ScaleBlaster electronic water descaler is a residential hard water solution that is extremely effective for both water scale removal and prevention.  Pipe scale removal is important because it resolves some of the issues we are discussing in this series including clogged pipes and issues with appliances.

Let’s take a look at a few more consequences of hard water and reasons why homeowners often seek a residential hard water solution:

Clothes Not Getting Clean/Fading

Hard water has a negative impact on clothes for many reasons.  One, the calcium and magnesium content of hard water can cause laundry to gray or yellow.  High mineral content can also inhibit the water from effectively mixing with detergents.  Additional issues are caused when the washing machine is not operating at peak performance thanks to limescale buildup.  This is why pipe scale removal / water scale removal is so important.

Difficulties Lathering Soap

Hard water makes it more difficult for soap to lather. Once you install an electronic water descaler, you will begin to notice that your soap lathers more, your skin feels smoother and hair is more manageable.  Once pipe scale removal / water scale removal is complete, you will even notice that your shower heads and faucets no longer clog with limescale.

Spots on Dishes

The minerals in hard water often leave dishes looking dirty and spotty, even when they come fresh out of the dishwasher.  Once you install the ScaleBlaster residential hard water solution you will notice that your dishes appear much cleaner.

Are you experiencing some of these consequences of hard water and interested in learning more about water decalcification systems and hard water treatment options?  If so, we can help. The ScaleBlaster electronic water descaler is an effective and affordable residential hard water solution.  Best of all, it’s easy to install and requires no maintenance.  ScaleBlaster is available in-store and online at Home Depot and online at Lowe’s and Costco.  What are you waiting for?  Pick one up today!

ScaleBlaster – The Perfect Gift for Any Holiday or Special Occasion!

ScaleBlaster – The Perfect Gift for Any Holiday or Special Occasion!

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There’s always that one hard to buy for person that makes finding a gift a challenge.  If you are looking for something unique, then consider a ScaleBlaster electronic water descaler.  Anyone who lives in a home with hard water can benefit from an efficient, easy to install, maintenance free device that not only handles pipe scale removal, but also prevents new scale from forming. And, while there are many water decalcification systems on the market to choose from, nothing comes close to ScaleBlaster in price, quality or efficiency.

Let’s take a look at some reasons why the ScaleBlaster electronic water descaler makes a perfect gift:

Unlimited Benefits

The ScaleBlaster electronic water descaler is the gift that keeps on giving! As pipe scale removal begins, they will begin to notice that their laundry is brighter and whiter, soap will lather better and skin will feel smoother.  After a few months, lime scale removal will be complete and no new scale will form.  That means that black mold on the toilet bowl, shower curtains and sinks will be reduced and shower heads will no longer get clogged with lime scale!

Saves Money

Once ScaleBlaster has completed the water scale removal process, they will notice that their water heater, dishwasher, washing machine and any appliance that utilizes water will operate more efficiently.  Their appliances will also last longer, too! Many people also notice lower electric bills as well.

Peace of Mind

Unlike many water decalcification systems, ScaleBlaster is environmentally friendly and requires no chemicals or ongoing maintenance. Many homeowners have peace of mind knowing that their hard water scale problems are solved and that the solution is effective and safe for their entire family, including pets!

Homeowners often struggle with trying to find the right hard water treatment options for their family. Give them a gift they won’t return! The ScaleBlaster electronic water descaler is available in-store and online at Home Depot and online at Lowe’s and Costco.  Check it out today!

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Advantages of Installing an Electronic Water Descaler Instead of a Water Softener

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Part Two

When it comes to shopping for a hard water scale remover and limescale prevention solution, the two main choices for homeowners are an electronic water descaler and a water softener.  We are continuing our two-part series on the advantages of installing an electronic water descaler.

Eco-Friendly

The ScaleBlaster electronic water descaler requires no salt or chemicals to be effective as a hard water scale remover and limescale prevention solution. Water softeners, on the otherhand, use salt and chemicals that are discharged into the waste stream and unable to be removed by wastewater treatment facilities.  ScaleBlaster is an eco-friendly water softener alternative.

Overall Effects on the Water

Water softeners make skin feel dry.  The water also feels slippery and soap suds are difficult to remove.  Once you install ScaleBlaster, the pipe scale removal process begins. You will gradually start to notice that your skin feels softer, the water feels silkier and soap suds easily wash away.  The full benefits of ScaleBlaster will be apparent after a few months.

Healthy

Water softeners add salt to the water. Added salt in drinking water is not recommended for people on salt restricted diets or pets. Water softeners also remove all calcium from the water.  The ScaleBlaster electronic water descaler does not require chemicals to be an effective limescale remover.  It also does an excellent job in preventing new scale from forming.

Cost Savings

ScaleBlaster is a residential hard water solution that is much more cost effective than purchasing a water softener system.  Furthermore, ScaleBlaster is a one-time investment that is not only effective in pipe scale removal / water scale removal, but also prevents new scale from forming all together.  Another advantage an electronic water descaler has over water softeners is that it requires no additional water to operate and does not use filters.  The water savings alone makes an electronic water descaler a sound investment.

Want to learn more about how ScaleBlaster is a healthy, eco-friendly and effective limescale remover and limescale prevention solution?  Browse our Frequently Asked Questions or give us a call today!

Residential Hard Water Solution

Why is ScaleBlaster the Preferred Residential Hard Water Solution?

Residential Hard Water Solution - Why is ScaleBlaster the Preferred Residential Hard Water Solution?

ScaleBlaster was first released in 1995 and became the first and only electronic water descaler to be successful in the residential, commercial and industrial markets. Since then, there have been competitors emerge onto the scene with inferior electronic water descaler models that don’t hold a candle to the water scale removal and prevention qualities of ScaleBlaster.

ScaleBlaster underwent several years of testing and development before being released.  We knew that there were many electronic water descaler products on the market with questionable reputations.  This was something we had to overcome and we did so by first developing an effective and reliable hard water scale removal and prevention product and then building a worldwide network of dealers and major retailers that believed in ScaleBlaster.

When it comes to a residential hard water solution, ScaleBlaster is considered the industry gold standard.  Let’s take a look at some aspects that make it so appealing to homeowners.

Easy to Install

ScaleBlaster can be easily installed by homeowners and requires no additional plumbing in most cases.  Just install it on the incoming water line and it is good to go!

Maintenance Free

Water softeners require ongoing maintenance.  Any chemical limescale remover requires continual use. ScaleBlaster is completely maintenance free.

Eco-Friendly

The traditional limescale remover uses harsh chemicals that are not favorable for humans or the environment.  Water softeners also require salt which is not only harmful to pets and people on salt restricted diets but also very negative for the environment.

The ScaleBlaster electronic water descaler is an effective hard water scale remover and also prevents new scale from forming without using chemicals or salt.

If you have hard water scale removal on your mind, then ScaleBlaster is the solution. Our residential models can be purchased at Lowe’s (online) and Home Depot (in-store and online).  We are also available to answer any questions you have.  Give ScaleBlaster a try today. It will not disappoint!

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Reasons to Use a Water Softener Alternative

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Hard water scale wreaks havoc on a home, affecting everything from the pipes, appliances and even the laundry. Addressing hard water scale sooner than later is always your best bet.  One of the most common ways for people to deal with hard water is to incorporate a water softener. However, water softeners come with a plethora of different problems.  Another affordable, reliable, safe, long-term solution is an electronic water descaler.  Let’s take a look at why an electronic descaler is an effective water softener alternative.

Safer to Use

Many homeowners choose an electronic descaler as a water softener alternative because they are so much safer for the family. Traditional water softeners use chemicals and salt.  Salt is not ideal for pets or people on salt restrictive diets.  The ScaleBlaster electronic water descaler is not only an effective lime scale remover when it comes to existing scale, but it does an excellent job at preventing lime scale all together.  Most importantly, it’s 100% chemical free!

Cost Effective

The ScaleBlaster electronic water descaler is extremely affordable and cost effective.  Once you purchase the unit, you connect it to the incoming water line and you are done.  A water softener requires ongoing maintenance.  And, the cost of salt alone significantly adds up over time.  A water softener is also not as effective in lime scale removal as an electronic descaler.

If you are tired of hard water scale and are ready to get serious about lime scale removal and prevention, then ScaleBlaster is the answer for you. The ScaleBlaster electronic water descaler residential models are readily available at Home Depot (online and in stores) and Lowe’s (online).

Salt based Softeners and Sodium Content

Salt based Softeners and Sodium Content – Is it safe for you?

It has been questioned, “How much sodium actually ends up in your drinking water from a salt-based water softener?” It is important to remember that an article can be written with bias. Here are the facts below. You decide if it is acceptable by your dietary standards.

It depends on how hard your water is, which contradicts how much salt is used and then how much sodium is ultimately put into your water. To find out for sure what your sodium content is, you can ask your water company what your most current water hardness measurement was and use this equation- GPG X .46 = Sodium in water. (GPG = Grains per Gallon)- Make sure you use the GPG measurement in this equation. There are a few other measurements used, but they can be converted with an online calculator to GPG’s.

Just to estimate, the average amount of sodium expelled from a salt-based softener in an 8 oz. glass of water is 20-30 mg. of sodium. If you were to drink the recommended 64 oz. of water per day from your sink, you are consuming 160- 240 mg of sodium per day.  That’s the same sodium content as drinking 4-6, 12 oz. cans of soda in a day! It sounds like a lot when you think of it that way. Most will avoid soda when dieting because of sodium and sugar content. However, did you know that there is 204 mg. of sodium in a tablespoon of ketchup? Even more shocking is that there is 120 mg. of sodium in an 8 oz. glass of lowfat milk, and 211 mg. in one piece of whole wheat bread! These are things that most consume as a part of their healthy diet plan without much guilt. I had never paid a lot of attention to the sodium content in my ketchup or whole wheat bread before this research.

Another interesting fact is that the State of Missouri construction standard regulation 19 CSR 30-85.012(117) states that, “Water softeners, if used, shall be connected to the hot water supply only or connected so that water used for cooking and drinking is not softened.” Nursinghomehelp.org states that “the old-style water softening systems increased the salt content of the water connected to the device, which complicated (or had the potential to complicate) resident health issues”. An article written by a Culligan representative added a biased opinion without any direct statement taken from a health care professional, “It is unlikely that a physician would discourage anyone from drinking softened water”. It seems there is enough concern to make it a state statue to not allow it into the diet of the residents in nursing homes. The residents of nursing homes can have more compromised health than a young adult. Livescience.com states that “people with high blood pressure or diabetes, African Americans, and anyone who is age 51 or older, the daily recommendation is 1,500 milligrams of sodium”. A healthy young adult should consume no more than 2300 mg. a day.

Excess sodium in your diet can cause high blood pressure because it holds excess fluid in your body and puts added stress on your heart. High sodium levels in your diet increase your risk of stroke, heart failure, osteoporosis, stomach cancer and kidney disease. And, 1 in 3 Americans will develop high blood pressure in their lifetime. Those are the facts. Eliminating sodium intake as much as possible, could not hurt. What do you think?

 

 

 

Alternative to Water Softeners

Looking For an Alternative to Water Softeners?

You want to prevent hard water in your home, but you’ve looked at water softeners and just weren’t impressed. They’re expensive, harmful to the environment, and require constant maintenance including salt and filters. Is there an affordable alternative to water softeners? The answer is, YES!

The Electronic Water Conditioner – an Excellent Alternative to Water Softeners

An electronic water conditioning system such as ScaleBlaster not only prevents hard water damage, but is also an effective limescale remover.  ScaleBlaster eliminates existing hard water damage and ensures it doesn’t come back—for less than half the price of a traditional water softener. Best of all, water conditioning systems don’t require salt, chemicals or maintenance. You can install the system yourself instead of hiring someone to install a water softener

ScaleBlaster works to prevent hard water in every type of pipe—whether it’s copper, PVC, CPVC, or PEX.  It uses oscillating electronic fields which changes the shape, size and charge of calcium molecules, thus preventing lime scale from forming. Because of this process, a water conditioner such as ScaleBlaster is an ideal, eco-friendly alternative to water softeners.

The No-Maintenance Advantage

The savings a homeowner experiences over time is substantial. Not only is the ScaleBlaster water conditioning system less expensive to purchase than a water softener, but, you do not have to constantly purchase salt for it to be effective.  Most importantly, the system requires no maintenance.  If you add up how much it costs just to purchase salt and maintain a water softener, you will see that an electronic water conditioner pays for itself in just a matter of months.

Looking for an affordable, maintenance-free, eco-friendly hard water treatment option?  Check out ScaleBlaster’s residential models to identify the right unit for your home.

 

Tips on Choosing the Right Water Softener Alternative

Tips on Choosing the Right Water Softener Alternative

Owning a home comes with much responsibility. One of the most vital systems in your home is the plumbing. Hard water will damage your plumbing and appliances over time.  The most efficient, economical and healthy way to combat hard water is by using an electronic water conditioner (also known as a water descaler system). ScaleBlaster is an electronic water conditioner.  It is considered a water softener alternative because it does not involve the cost or ongoing maintenance that water softeners require.  Let’s review a few tips on choosing the right water softener alternative for your home.

Test Your Water

You can buy a home water testing kit at a pool supply store, or, have your water tested by a professional. The hardness of your water will make a difference when it comes to the ScaleBlaster model you need to purchase. The SB-75 residential electronic water conditioner is designed for calcium hardness (Ca) levels up to 19 grains per gallon (gpg) or 325 parts per million (ppm).  The SB-Elite residential electronic water conditioner accommodates calcium hardness (Ca) levels up to 35 grains per gallon (gpg) or 600 parts per million (ppm).

Know Your Square Footage

You do want to make sure you purchase the correct size electronic water conditioner for your home. The SB-75 is designed for homes under 4,000 square feet; the SB-Elite is for homes up to 5,000 square feet.

Type of Pipe

Since the ScaleBlaster electronic descaling system is installed on the incoming water pipe of your home, it is important to know the type of pipe.  ScaleBlaster works on all pipes (Copper, PVC, CPVC, PEX and galvanized), however, one extra step is required for galvanized pipe

Don’t let hard water damage your pipes and appliances.  ScaleBlaster has residential models designed to suit your needs.  Be sure to check us out at The Home Depot!

 

 

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