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/ Jul - 3 - 2015 / Alkaline Water Ionizers
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Water Ionizers and Hard Water
When purchasing a water ionizer, you should be concerned about the hardness of your source water. When it comes to water ionizers and hard water, the hardness of your water can severely impact the performance of your water ionizer and even clog up your water lines inside your water ionizer. You need to take the appropriate steps to protect your water ionizer.
The hardness of water is a measurement of the concentration of the minerals in that water. When magnesium and calcium combine together, it is called scale, and it appears as a white powder when water dries. It leaves water spots all over your sink, faucet and glasses. It’s unsightly but most importantly it’s problematic to a water ionizer.
How to Measure Water Hardness
Hardness is measured in grains. A grain of hardness is equivalent to 17.1 parts per million. So, you need to look up your municipal water treatment facilities annual water report on Google and look for the value that is either parts per million of minerals or grains of hardness. When it comes to water ionizers and hard water, 9 grains of hardness is the limit for the hardness of your water going into your water ionizer. If the value is listed as parts per million, simply divide the parts per million by 17.1 to get the grains of hardness.
If you determine that your source water is harder than 9 grains, you will need to install a scale inhibitor as a pre filter to your water ionizer. The best scale inhibitor is made by Omnipure and it only cost $17.99. It has built in quarter inch Quick Connect adapters, so all you need to do is cut the water supply line to your water ionizer and plug in each end of that cut line into the Omnipure scale inhibitor.
The Omnipure Scale Inhibitor
The Omnipure scale inhibitor will protect your water ionizer up to 13 grains of hardness. If you determine that your water is harder than 13 grains, you need to install a reverse osmosis water treatment system as a pre filter to your water ionizer. A reverse osmosis water treatment system will remove all of the scale from your water. The problem is that it will also take out all of the soluble minerals and you need those for ionization. So, if you install a reverse osmosis system, you need to purchase the special EOS mineral filters to go inside your water ionizer. These special mineral filters will put just the right amount of soluble minerals into your source water so that it can be ionized to its full potential.
If you follow these guidelines for water ionizers and hard water, you will be able to use your EOS water ionizer for many, many years with the same level of performance as when you first got it. But if you fail to protect your water ionizer from hard water, the performance of your water ionizer will deteriorate, and the lines of water inside your water ionizer could clog up. It is very important to protect your water ionizer.
To your health!