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Hardness

Exceptionally Hard Water

  • Hard Water
    • Hardness consists of calcium carbonate, magnesium, and fourteen other hardness elements. 
    • These minerals are common, but the amount varies by geographical region and by well depth.
    • An initial water test will determine the level of hardness in your water.
    • The scaling that hardness creates in pipes causes many home appliances such as dishwashers and clothes washers to clog and fail.
    • It is particularly important to remove hardness from homes with in-floor heating or on-demand water heaters. Repairing or replacing the plumbing on these systems is both a messy and costly nuisance. Both systems require clean, pure water to function as designed.
  • ECOsmarte
    • Advantages of conditioning with ECOsmarte
      • The ECOsmarte titanium electrodes condition the hardness. As the water passes through this chamber, the calcium, magnesium, and the other fourteen hardness elements transform into a powder that will not scale on the pipes or leave white stains on the house fixtures. Because these healthy minerals are not removed from the water, powder deposits may appear on the surfaces where the water comes out of the faucet. This powder is safe, hardly noticeable, does not stain, and is easy to wipe away.
      • There is no scaling in the pipes. Calcium carbonate is converted to calcium bicarbonate, which not only does not scale pipes, but also will not scale the inside of your body. An excess of calcium carbonate can build up and produce gall stones, whereas calcium bicarbonate keeps your body clean.
      • There will be no white hard crust deposits on the house fixtures.
      • There is no need to purchase or add salt.
      • Salt will not be present in the drinking and cooking water.
      • Calcium and magnesium are desirable and healthy minerals. The ECOsmarte conditioning process makes these minerals more absorbable through the skin & drinking.
    • Disadvantages of conditioning with ECOsmarte
      • The ECOsmarte system is a salt-free system up to a certain point. With low levels of hardness, the powder is unnoticeable.
      • However, if the hardness level is over 350 parts, with an ECOsmarte system the powder may begin to show. The harder the water, the more noticeable the powder residue will be. Extremely high hardness levels — over 450 parts –may produce an excessive amount of powder, which could be unsightly, annoying, or might clog orifices, justifying the addition of a water softener. Some people would rather live with the white powder than to live with salt in the water, but there is a point at which the hardness becomes intolerable, and a water softener must be purchased and installed at an additional expense. 
      • If the temperature of the water is above 150 degrees F, the powder created by the ECOsmarte titanium electrodes will dissolve and the water will become hard again. There are two options: (1) turn the water temperature down below 150 degrees, or (2) add a water softener.
  • Water Softeners
    • Advantages of a water softener: Calcium deposits from untreated hard water leave a hard crust that is difficult to scrape off. The only way to remove hardness completely is by ionizing it with salt in a water softener.
      • Water softeners can be designed and adjusted to remove any amount of hardness.
    • Disadvantages of a water softener: Water softeners require the addition of salt, which ionizes the calcium and magnesium.
      • The results are the feeling of “soft” water, so that it feels what some people call slimy, as if soap cannot rinse off the skin.
      • The salt remains in the water, so that end users actually drink the salt, even though the flavor is subtle.
      • After backwashing the brine (salty water) onto the same place on the ground for over twenty consecutive years, the ground becomes so sterile that plants cannot grow there.
      • Salt must be purchased and added every week or two. If there is no salt, the system will not operate properly.
  • Reverse Osmosis
    • The ECOsmarte system will produce water as safe and clean as a reverse osmosis system. Consequently, the installation of a reverse osmosis system is redundant.
    • However, if a water softener is installed and no one wants to drink salt, then a reverse osmosis system at the kitchen sink would remove that salt from the water. (For more information, refer to the page on “Other Systems” and click on Multipure. You can order a reverse osmosis system for beneath your sink at https://www.multipure.com/dean.)