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  1. Tom Wheaton says:

    Water Conditioners

    We live in Mexico and the water is very hard. Coffee makers only last a year or so and need to be tossed, etc. We really do not have the space in our colonial house for a water softener system, and do not really care much about calcium or magnesium in the water, per se. Plus, I am trending towards high blood pressure and have to take it easy with salt.

    They sell water conditioners here that are put into the intake pipe of our house water system, and connected to an electricity. These conditioners are said to convert calcium and magnesium into a chemical form that will not cause scaling, thus conserving our appliances and preventing scaling in our showers, toilets, etc. There is very little detailed information on how these work, but reports are that they do, and this has been recommended by our plumber.

    Articles I have found on conditioners say that water is only temporarily able to make scaling go away. One article says that the treated water stays effective for only 48-72 hours. I have also read that there is no proof that magnetic conditioners (descalers?) actually work. I think we want an electronic water descaler as in your last paragraphs.

    In Mexico, we have water tanks on the roof to supply water during shortages, water can sit there for a few days to a week or more before it is used by the system, depending on our water usage. Will a water conditioner work under these circumstances? Should we place the conditioner after the roof tanks and before the water enters the house? Also our pipes are currently probably full of scaling, will a conditioner eventually clean up the pipes over time or do conditioners only work on new piping?

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