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Reasons to Use a Water Softener Alternative

Reasons to Use a Water Softener Alternative - Reasons to Use a Water Softener Alternative

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.” 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. 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!



Soft Water vs. an Electronic Water Conditioner

Soft Water vs. an Electronic Water Conditioner

While it is true that hard water causes numerous problems that can be avoided, softening the water is not your only option.  Water softeners are expensive to purchase and maintain.  They require ongoing maintenance and continuous purchasing of salt, which not only discharges chlorides into the waste stream, but is also unhealthy for those on salt restricted diets. Water softeners are also attributed to higher water and sewer bills, cause your skin to feel dry, and make it nearly impossible to remove soap suds.  Although the benefits of soft water vs. hard water often outweigh the issues brought about by water softeners, an electronic water conditioner offers the best of all worlds. Let’s examine some benefits of using an electronic descaler as an alternative to water softeners.

Improve the Life of Your Plumbing

Hard water forms lime scale on the walls of your pipes. Over time, lime scale buildup clogs your pipes and prevents the free flow of water. This eventually results in the need to replace the pipe(s).  Unlike water softeners, a water descaler system not only prevents lime scale in your pipes, but eliminates current lime scale buildup.  This may take some time depending on how much lime scale is currently in your pipes, but it sure beats replacing them!

Protect Appliances

Hard water is detrimental to coffee makers, dishwashers, electric kettles, refrigerators, ice makers, etc. Using hard water on appliances that utilize water leads to the buildup of lime scale which reduces their efficiency. An electronic water descaler eliminates lime scale, thus improving the function and prolonging the life of your appliances.

Health benefits

Hard water can irritate sensitive skin, especially when used for bathing or shaving. Hard water tends to make the skin very dry, thus making it difficult for a smooth shave. An electronic water descaler makes your skin feel softer, allowing for a much better shave with less nicks and cuts.

So, as you can see, conditioned water has its advantages over softened water. Check out our comparison chart to see the benefits of using an electronic water conditioner as an alternative to water softeners.


Electronic Water Conditioners – Great for Well Water, Too!

Electronic Water Conditioners – Great for Well Water, Too!

According to the Centers for Disease Control, and U.S. Census Bureau, approximately  13 millions homes in the U.S. use private ground water wells which are not regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  This means that homes using well water must maintain and test their water on a regular basis.  Well water is considered hard water, which is full of calcium and prone to causing lime scale buildup on pipes, appliances and fixtures.

Many homeowners using well water or hard water will turn to a water softener for water conditioning.  Unfortunately, water softeners use salt in their water exchange.  This emits extra sodium in the water and also produces excess salt that is expelled into the environment.  This is neither healthy nor environmentally friendly.

A house water descaler– also known as an electronic water conditioner – is an ideal and ecofriendly water softener alternative.  Designed to be easily installed on the incoming pipe of your home, an electronic water descaler such as ScaleBlaster eliminates lime scale problems by preventing calcium molecules from adhering to the walls of your pipes, appliances and fixtures.  And, because it does not replace the calcium in your water with salt, you get added health benefits. Advantages of having an electronic water descaler for your house with well water includes added perks and conveniences such as not needing to use as much soap or detergent when bathing or cleaning, less corrosion, mold and mildew, brighter laundry and softer skin.

Contact us to find out how your home and family can benefit from using ScaleBlaster for water conditioning.

Water Conditioner How it Works

Water Conditioning – How it Works

Hard water and well water can wreak havoc on your home. Limescale buildup damages pipes, appliances, fixtures and anything that comes into contact with water.  A house water descaler  – also known as an electronic water conditioner – is an excellent and ecofriendly water softener alternative. Let’s take a look at how an electronic water descaler works.

First, install your new ScaleBlaster electronic water conditioner onto the incoming pipe of your home.  This is simple for most people to accomplish on their own when following the included instructions.  Your new electronic water descaler will emit sonic waves that actually change the physical and electrical properties of the calcium molecules in your hard water or well water, preventing them from adhering to the walls of your pipes.  The result?  No more limescale buildup!

ScaleBlaster is an ecofriendly water softener alternative because it does not put salt back into the water or environment.  This is especially important for people on salt restricted diets.  Some municipalities have also banned the use of water softeners because of its harsh effect on the environment.

Why choose ScaleBlaster brand water descaler for your house? Customers choose ScaleBlaster over other electronic water conditioners because of our longevity in the business, excellent warranty, and customer satisfaction guarantee. We founded our business with a mission to provide a safe, affordable, maintenance-free, ecofriendly water softener alternative.  Water conditioning not only protects the longevity of your pipes, appliances and fixtures, but also offers a healthy option for your family.

What is the Difference Between a Water Softener and Electronic Water Conditioner?

I’m Confused, What is the Difference Between a Water Softener and Electronic Water Conditioner?

There is a big difference between a water softener and an electronic water conditioner.  A water softener will replace calcium in the water with salt, while an electronic water conditioner, like ScaleBlaster, will not remove anything from the water.  Water softeners are expensive to maintain, have only a 5 to 10 year lifespan, and require continuous maintenance.  They take up a lot of floor space and require ongoing purchases of salt.  The hassle of lifting 40 pound or more bags of salt is not fun.   Additionally, water softeners are harmful to people on salt restricted diets and should not be used.  An electronic water descaler like ScaleBlaster is the perfect solution.  While acting as a limescale remover, the calcium remains in the water, which is good for you.  ScaleBlaster is a salt-free water conditioner – a healthy alternative to water softeners.

Water softeners also make the skin feel dry and the water feel slippery and makes soap suds difficult to remove.  It will also increase water and sewer bills greatly while discharging chlorides into the water stream.  ScaleBlaster, a lime scale remover, requires no salt and is safe for people on salt restricted diets.  It is non-intrusive to the water and does not require any additional water usage.  ScaleBlaster is a great alternative to water a softener and will make water feel “silkier” while allowing for soap suds to wash away easily.   ScaleBlaster is also an ideal solution for tankless water heater and will prevent the heat exchanger in the heater from fouling up with scale deposits.

Interested in learning more about how the ScaleBlaster salt-free water conditioner provides a healthy alternative to water softeners?  Contact us today, we are happy to answer your questions.


What are the Benefits of Salt-Free Water Treatment?

What are the Benefits of Salt-Free Water Treatment?

Mineral scaling removal systems like ScaleBlaster offer a salt free water treatment alternative to a soft water system.  There are not too many options for hard water treatment.  One is a salt water softener, descaling chemicals such as those used in water heater maintenance,  have been the traditional options used by maintenance departments.

Today, operators have another option.  ScaleBlaster is scale remover, or lime scale remover system that does not require chemicals, salt or maintenance.  Calcium buildup is a costly part of daily maintenance for any business including well water treatment.

There are several benefits of using a salt-free water treatment system like ScaleBlaster.  Water softeners waste a lot of water, and pollute of precious water system with brine discharge.  With less than 4% of our water now considered pure water, it is important we take care of our environment today.  Using a water softener is like taking a bag of salt and dumping it into our water stream.

For homeowners, using a water softener not only wastes a lot of water nightly, but is dangerous for those on salt-restricted diets and should not be used.  ScaleBlaster is the salt-free answer is recommended for those on salt restrictions.

Today, ScaleBlaster is used by thousands of health care facilities, who naturally, cannot use water softeners.  ScaleBlaster can offer many of the same benefits as a water softener without the constant maintenance and bags of salt needed to operate.  ScaleBlaster is totally maintenance-free and requires no salt or chemicals to operate.

Why an Alternative to Water Softeners with Salt Is Essential

Hard water can wreak havoc on your life. From spotty dishes to bathtub rings to sad, dull hair, those who have hard water know just how much of a hassle it can be. The solution up until recently has been saltwater systems, but we at ScaleBlaster have created a solution which greatly eliminates many of the concerns that come with this form of water softening. Below are just a few of the reasons why we encourage our customers and loved ones to seek an alternative to water softeners which involve salt or any chemicals:

Salt Water Systems Waste Water

In a time when droughts are incredibly common and water conservation is paramount, we do not need any systems that are going to waste this one precious resource. Water softeners that use salt are notorious water wasters. Yes, they are incredibly convenient but they will force you to use more water in the long run.

  • Salt in the soil makes it compacted, meaning that it is not able to absorb enough water and that the water will drain more quickly than on porous soil. This means you will need to spend more time watering your lawn, your vegetables, and your other plants to get the same great results.
  • The salt will eventually need to be leached from the soil, meaning it will need to be flooded to reach the salt which has shaken deep down into the dirt. This also washes away much-needed nutrients from the soil which will have a negative effect on your plants.
  • Individuals are recommended to not drink water softened through salt systems. This means you will need to either purchase a reverse osmosis unit or purchase water to drink at the grocery store.

Salt Water Systems Are Slowly Killing the Environment

The effects of using water softened by salt around the home and in your garden won’t be seen at first. But what homeowners and eco-conscious individuals must realize is that the salt contained in this water will build up over time in the soil. This will ultimately force your plants to die of thirst (this is particularly true if you happen to live in an area with little rainfall).

We advise our customers who suspect their foliage may be dying because of salt in the soil to take a look at the leaves. If there are yellow tips in the end that is a sign of “salt” stress. Some may also have an actual white’ish ring of salt around the tip. If this is happening in your garden, it is time to seek an alternative to water softeners that rely on salt.

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