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ScaleRID vs. Salt-Based Water Softener Comparison
|ScaleRID||Salt-Based Water Softener|
|Cost||Under $150||$400 to $1800.00|
|Treatment Method||Electrical Field||Salt-Based Ion Exchange|
|Installation||10 Minute Do-it-Yourself||Professional|
|Back Flush||No||Yes 80-100 Gallons Per Week|
|Skin Test||Makes Skin Softer||Makes Skin Dry|
|Soap Test||Soap Suds Wash Away||Soap Suds Difficult to Remove|
|Health Benefits||Leaves in Essential Minerals||Exchanges Minerals with Sodium|
Q & A
How is the scale eliminated when the coils are not in contact with the water?
ScaleRID units work by producing an electric field generated by a coil around the pipe. This converts the dissolved mineral ions (Ca+ and Mg+) into microscopic crystals that remain in suspension and are eliminated by flowing down the drain.
Does it really work?
The ScaleRID technology has been widely used since it was patented in 1991. There are hundreds of thousands of units in use in at least 40 countries. What makes ScaleRID the number one choice for electronic water treatment is the total upgrade just completed on this innovative device. The ScaleRID team has enhanced just about every aspect of ScaleRID to make it not only better but the best available anywhere. There now is a white paper report to scientifically verify how ScaleRID works available here.
We can confidently say:
- With our Quick Connect Coil, the ScaleRID is now the easiest-to-install water treatment device available - about 10 minutes in most cases.
- With our employment of computer chips instead of integrated circuits, we now have one of the most powerful and effective units of this size available anywhere.
- With our new pricing, ScaleRID is the most economical water treatment device you will find.
How can I tell if it’s working? — what to look for:
Within the first week, you will see elimination of new scale deposits, and loosening of existing scale. Soap will lather easier, your skin will feel softer and your hair will be more manageable. Spots on dishes will be reduced. In around 2 to 4 weeks or earlier, you should definitely notice:
- The softening of scale around faucets and showerheads
- Water will feel hotter with improved performance of water heaters, washing machines and dishwashers
- The ability to reduce the amount of soap, shampoo, detergents and cleaners used
- Easier cleaning of surfaces, especially chrome fixtures, baths and sinks
Does it affect the drinking water?
Water remains chemically unchanged, only the physical properties are changed.
Actually the ScaleRID improves your water if you are currently using a salt-based water softener. Now you will be receiving the important minerals calcium and magnesium in your drinking water, instead of having them cling to your pipes and fixtures.
What do I check once the ScaleRID is installed?
Periodic verification that the LED light is continuously cycling up and down.
How much does it cost to run?
The unit costs about $8 - $10 in electricity per year.
How long does the effect of the ScaleRID unit last?
When ScaleRID treated water sits in a tank, the suspended crystals slowly revert to ions in solution. This will happen over a period of two to three days. As soon as freshly treated water enters the system, the increased dissolving properties of the water will be restored.
How long will the ScaleRID unit last?
The ScaleRID is designed to operate continuously for over 10 years under normal operating conditions. We guarantee the ScaleRID for 3 years from the date of purchase and we will replace any unit that fails during that time at no charge.
Will ScaleRID affect my water flow?
Our customers notice a substantial improvement in water flow due to the elimination of lime scale in their plumbing system.
Can ScaleRID be used with existing filter systems and water softeners?
Yes. All inline systems will also benefit from the descaling process, prolonging their useful life. Reverse osmosis membranes will remain scale free and last longer. For people who wish to continue using the traditional water softener, ScaleRID should be installed before the softener, this will result in a significant reduction of salt and water savings due to reduced need for regeneration cycles.
Will I notice more lather from soaps, shampoos and detergents?
Water treated with ScaleRID behaves as soft water. Far less shampoo, soap or detergent will be needed.
What if it does not work?
We can normally solve most problems over the phone. If it doesn’t give you the benefits that you expect, you get your money back.
What about the rumors that salt-based water softeners will become illegal?
At this time, this is still a rumor, but some communities in the USA have already banned the use of traditional salt - based water softeners and more communities are considering banning them in the future.
Why choose ScaleRID instead of similar products?
The ScaleRID Electronic Hard Water Treatment System provides similar or better results than much higher priced units at a much more affordable price. ScaleRID uses state-of-the-art technology in electronic water treatment. ScaleRID’s electronic field continually fluctuates, covering a wide range of frequencies, thus treating the widest range of mineral concentrations at any rate of water flow. The ScaleRID is the very easiest to install. Other similar units on the market have a much higher price and are often of inferior quality. Permanent magnets have been shown to condition hard water, but they are only effective within a certain flow “window” and at higher and lower flows the performance drops to zero. This is the reason why permanent magnets have mixed performance results. Magnetic particles can also build up inside the pipe where the magnets are placed, eventually causing blockage or reduced water flow.
How is ScaleRID SR-1000 different from ScaleRID SR-2000?
ScaleRID SR-1000 has been engineered to provide similar benefits as the ScaleRID SR-2000 and comparable systems at a lower price. The ScaleRID SR-2000 has a higher power output and comes with two Quick Connect Coils to handle homes or duplexes with very hard water and high water usage (the ScaleRid SR-1000 has one Quick Connect Coil). ScaleRID SR-2000 is the top of the line for electronic descalers. If you know you have very hard water, the ScaleRID SR-2000 is your best buy. Both models have a three year warranty.
Why is the ScaleRID so affordable?
Don’t be fooled, a higher price does not always mean higher quality. We have succeeded at miniaturizing the components, and by mass producing the units overseas, we are able to reach the end user at an affordable price without sacrificing quality of performance. Our new computer chips are designed to provide a lifetime of worry-free results. Other companies offer similar “easy water” treatment options for $300, $800 and up to $1800. Our ScaleRID will provide the same results at a much lower cost. If your water is extremely hard, we recommend the ScaleRID SR-2000, considered the top of the line for electronic descalers.
Where does the scale that is removed go?
Because the scale does not stick to pipes and appliances, minerals and bits of scale all go down the drain. This will not block up your drain as the crystals are microscopic in size. But if you do not want your pipes cleared of scale, you do not want the ScaleRID SR-1000 or SR-2000.
How easy is it to install?
Do-it-yourself installation is quick and simple — and does not require a plumber or the cutting of pipes.
- Locate the pipe where your water supply first enters your home and lay the Quick Connect Coil on the pipe.
- Mount the Control Module with the provided hooks or screws.
- Attach Foam Adapters (provided) and click the Quick Connect Coil over the foam.
- Attach wires from Quick Connect Coil power supply to Control Module and then connect the power supply to the electrical outlet.
Easy installation also means that, should you move, the ScaleRID is simple to disconnect and take with you.
Does the ScaleRID require maintenance?
ScaleRID is designed to be maintenance-free.
Where should the coil be installed?
The ideal place is at the water inlet for the building. If this is not possible, it can also be installed at the inlet of the water heater.
How much pipe is needed for installation?
To install the ScaleRID SR-1000 you require at least 4" of straight pipe or 12" of pipe for the ScaleRID SR-2000. This can be a horizontal, vertical or diagonal pipe.
When I move, can I take ScaleRID with me?
Yes. Because installing ScaleRID requires no plumbing work, removing it is as easy as unplugging the unit.