anti scale solutions
I am launching into a kitchen and bath remodel. I am hungry for the space the electric hot water tank requires so am planning to switch to an electric on demand water heater. On his first draft bid my contractor spec'ed a Stiebel Eltron tankless heater. When I called them to chat about my various issues and questions I mentioned our hard water. They said they reccommend pre treating the water with a particular anti scale device called the Watts One Flow Anti Scale solution.
My contractor was up here this week with his one of his plumbers.
I mentioned the One Flow thing to the plumber and he hadn't heard of it but he has installed for his parents and maintained for them something called Nuvo which when I google comes up as the Pelican NaturSoft. Which they believe has helped keep their plumbing from scaling up.
There were a some quite heated discussion in 2007 & 2008 on a couple of similar devices. And reading their websites makes them sound a bit like a magic wand that miraculously changes the character of the hard water minerals so they do not deposit on the heating elements or pipes or otherwise ruin expensive plumbing.
it is clear they are not water softeners, even tho the nuvo Pelican NaturSoft calls itself a salt free water softener.
To forestall another round of heated discussion of these are not water softeners.... I don't want a water softener, all that salt just shifts the problem from mineral deposits to salt damage. I understand that these devices are not water softeners. I actually like the minerals in my water and would continue to deal with the costs of calcified plumbing before installing a water softener.
What I would like to know is if anyone is using one of these new antiscale devices, which one, why did you chose that one over another and do you think it works and whatever else you might have to offer!
One issue I think I am hearing is that minerals still do deposit on dishes/plumbing as the water cools off so one still has some deposits to clean up but they are not hardened on as with my current untreated water.
The devices are not that expensive and it does seem worth taking a flyer but I do love knowing what people who have used things think.
thanks for any input