How to Prevent Scale in Tankless Water Heaters

August 3, 2017

Tankless water heaters are gaining popularity all over the country for a variety reasons, but the Top Two Reasons undoubtedly are (1) saving money on energy; and (2) never running out of hot water.  To me, unlimited hot water is the biggest deal.  If you have several persons in your family, especially teenagers who may take long showers, then you know that the last man (or woman) often gets a…

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Preventing Scale in Tankless Water Heaters

Most tankless water heater manufacturers have a disclaimer in their warranty. One major tankless water heater manufacturer says this: “Warranty shall be void in the event of an occurrence of any of the following:…. Any damage caused by local adverse conditions including but not limited to hard water deposits, lime or mineral build-up…” Plbg.com has a blog on Basic Tankless 101 written by M. Scott Gregg which is very insightful…

November 24, 2016
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The Hard Truth About Salt-Free Water Softeners

February 8, 2015

For about the last ten years salt-free water softeners have become the dream of many marketing companies.   It’s not like they haven’t always been out there – I’ve been in the water treatment business for 42 years and I have seen plenty of these types of companies come and go – but they are now here en mass. I have often wondered why it seems that there are so many…

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How Do I Really Know if my Salt Free System Works?

August 29, 2014

Lots of companies are selling salt-free water softeners and salt-free conditioners.  There are a few tests that you can perform to determine if they are indeed doing what they say. 1.  Test to see if the water really is soft This can be done by purchasing a small professional-grade water hardness test kit like this: https://www.uswatersystems.com/hardness-field-analysis-test-kit-2403.html It consists of three (3) simple steps which take about 20 seconds.  At the…

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Will a Salt-Free Water Softener Work for Me?

July 14, 2014

Let’s get this out of the way immediately:  There is no such thing as a salt-free water softener!  By definition, to be called a “water softener” a device must take the water to below 1 grain per gallon (gpg) of hardness.  You have to be careful of what you believe… even on the internet (SHOCK).   Today, I Googled the words “water Softener,” and here is what came up: Nuvo H2O…

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It’s harder to fool people than it used to be

October 23, 2012

I am an avid reader of Seth Godin’s Blog  (it’s worth the price of admission) and read this today: Everybody knows everything William Goldman famously pointed out that before Hollywood releases a picture, nobody knows anything about how it’s going to do. It’s such a black art that there are no real clues, yet every self-important exec acts as though he’s an expert. It’s easy to pretend expertise when there’s…

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Salt Free Water Softeners & Sodium in Water

September 13, 2012

Water softeners add some sodium to the water. The amount of sodium a water softener adds to tap water depends on the “hardness” of the water. Hard water contains large amounts of calcium and magnesium. Most water softeners remove the calcium and magnesium and replace them with sodium. The higher the concentration of calcium and magnesium, the more sodium needed to soften the water. Even so, the added sodium doesn’t add up to much.

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The Pelican Challenge

June 26, 2012

At US Water we sell Green Wave Salt Free Water Conditioners.  There is also a company called Pelican that sells what we believe is essentially the same thing, although they call it a “salt-free water softener” even though it does not soften the water or even approach the threshold of what would be considered “soft water.”   In case you don’t understand what I just wrote, to call something a “water…

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Hard Water Causes Plugged Drains

June 10, 2012

Soap scum is a common source of clogs in bathtub drain systems. While it is not solid, it can solidify after it goes down the drain, gradually building up on your drain’s walls. As it does this, it can also stick to anything else passing through your drain, such as hair, making your other potential clogs into real clogs more quickly.

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