Got Water Scale? The Fix Salt Free Water Conditioners

Water scale is not only is an unpleasant sight but it can cause costly repairs to your homes plumbing and appliances that use water. A Salt free water conditioner system can not only stop water scale, it can rid your pipes of years of buildup. Learn about how salt free water conditioners work, and it benefits for people who live in areas with hard water.

One of the most popular home water treatment system types are salt free water conditioners. Although sometimes incorrectly referred to as a “salt free water softener” the Watts ScaleNet and E-Treat systems help to reduce the effects of water hardness and help prevent scale buildup.

Hard-water-mapWhere in the United States is Water Scale a Prominent Issue? Water scale really is a larger issue for people and companies that are in the South West and Central parts of the country. Mind you there are other small geographic locations where there are high levels of calcium carbonate such as sections along Florida’s coast line, upstate New York, and regions of the Mid west around Milwaukee, Chicago, and Indianapolis.

Pipes-with-scale-buildupWhat is Water Scale and Why Is It A Problem? Scale is the result of water supplies that have high concentration of calcium ions (Ca2+), magnesium ions (Mg2+), and bicarbonate ions (HCO3-) that crystallize as off-white solids in pipes, appliances, and other plumbing surfaces. Not only is this an unpleasant sight to see around household areas such as faucets, it leads to higher heating and energy costs and expensive repairs to appliances, such as ice machines, coffee makers, dishwashers and cooling towers in commercial buildings.

How does a salt free water conditioner work? The Watts ScaleNet™ system uses a template assisted crystallization, or TAC process which transforms these dissolved ions into non-charged, neutral chemical bonds of calcium and magnesium crystals. These microscopic crystals of scale quickly form in treated water and cannot attach to pipes or any surface, and are rinsed away downstream in a colloidal suspension by the water flow.

1. The T.A.C Media releases a “template” into the water


2. The “template” attracts and captures the scale contaminants (Ca, Mg & MCO3) by turning them into crystals that stick to the TEMPLATE'S surface.


3. The TEMPLATE carries the scale harmlessly through the piping


A Salt Free Water Conditioner is not a water softener. It does not remove the hardness minerals from the water. As a result you may still see some white film build up on glasses, shower doors, etc, however this should wipe away easily. The ScaleNet media can also have a descaling effect on pipes and fixtures that already have existing scale buildup. Existing scale can be heavily reduced in as little as one or two months.

Do you need assistance to determine if a salt free water conditioner is right for your home or business? Need assistance in sizing the right salt-fee water conditioning system? can help, simply send us an email or give one of our 8 Certified Water Quality Specialist a call and we can help you navigate your way to scale free water.

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