There is probably no better axiom that describes my experience as the one that says, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.”
My story begins some 36 years ago; just after we built our new home. A few years later, we purchased a water softener. Mere days after its installation, we realized that the advertised claims were true. Our liquid laundry detergent last much longer because we had to use less; our bath soap lathered more profusely that it had ever, and our dishes came out of the dishwasher 99% spot free and we experienced no more bad tastes and odors in the water. But the biggest benefit that I noticed was that I no longer had the dry and itchy skin that I had before the water softener was installed. My wife found that her hair was much softer and found it unnecessary to use conditioner after washing her hair, and also, we stopped using fabric softener in our washing machine. The math was simple…less product consumption, plus benefits reaped, equaled a happy family of four; not to mention the fact that the water softener paid for itself within the first year.
Now, another axiom: “All good things must come to an end.” Sadly, our beloved water softener; workhorse as it was, slowly began to faultier about two years ago. The timing mechanism stopped functioning, and then the seal around the top of the resin tank began to drip. Finally, the decision to put our water softener out to pasture was made. Days later, an informative packet about an “electronic water softener” arrived at my home by mail, timing could not have been better, so I thought.
The ScaleRID SR-2000 as it was called, promised to do everything for me that my water softener did, without salt, and for only $247! When it arrived, I was surprised to see that it was nothing more that a small electronic box that measured 7”x5”x1”, and hung from a horizontal length of pipe. The literature said it used technology that treated the water by increasing the nominal precipitation rate of certain minerals in the water, which, as a result, altered the materialization of mineral build-up in the form of scales on the surface of the pipes, fixtures and appliances connected to the home’s water system. HUH?!?!
Who cares about the pipes…where does the bad stuff go that’s inside of the pipes? In my old water softener, impurities were removed from the incoming water by filtering it through the resin tank.
However, I decided to give it a try. I fastened the two coils around the copper pipe; two feet apart, and then plugged it in. The pattern of the two indicator lights showed that the system was working as it should, but now, I had to wait the two weeks before I would start to notice a difference. I took a sample of water and then let the system work its magic. I took another water sample after two weeks.
Now, a month has past and dry skin is my constant companion. My wife has gone to buying hair conditioner, fabric softener, and more detergent. I took a final sample of water and disconnected the SR-2000. I decided to take my water samples to my local Ecowater Dealer. They tested the water to confirm what we already knew, the water was hard, unchanged by the magical coils.
We tried the electrical system but will now go back to what we know works, a traditional softener.