Frequently Asked Questions - General & Domestic

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  1. How can CALCLEAR eliminate limescale when not in contact with water?
  2. What happens to the calcium particles?
  3. What happens to the limescale that is removed?
  4. When and how will I notice the difference?
  5. Does CALCLEAR need any maintenance?
  6. Where should the CALCLEAR unit be fitted?
  7. How much pipe should be covered by the signal leads?
  8. Will I get more lather from soaps, shampoos and detergents?
  9. Is CALCLEAR environmentally friendly?
  10. Is the CALCLEAR unit expensive to run?
  11. What about conventional hard water conditioners?
  12. Which CALCLEAR unit should I choose?
  13. My water is stored in tanks. Do I treat the pipe going into the tank or coming out of it?
  14. Will CALCLEAR work on any kind of pipe material?
  15. How does CALCLEAR soften water if it does not remove any minerals from the flow?
  16. You claim that CALCLEAR is the most environmentally friendly water treatment available today. How do you justify this claim?

How can CALCLEAR eliminate limescale when not in contact with water?

The CALCLEAR units do this through multiple oscillating frequencies which modify the molecular structure of the minerals that would normally form scale.

 

What happens to the calcium particles?

They stay in the water, but are microscopically small.

 

What happens to the limescale that is removed?

It comes away in larger pieces and flows with the water through the pipes in the normal way. Settling may occur in the bottom of hot water heaters but will flake into smaller pieces and be flushed out without difficulty.

 

When and how will I notice the difference?

The average water system can be descaled in just 12 weeks. The first signs are when the water feels silkier. Scale starts to soften and fall off toilet cisterns and kettle elements. Scale on taps and shower heads will soften and can easily be scraped away. This limescale will not reform. There should be a progressive increase in hot water temperature and improvement in water flow.

 

Does CALCLEAR need any maintenance?

After fitting, apart from occasionally checking to ensure the lights are still on, nothing needs to be done. The CALCLEAR units are designed to run trouble and maintenance free indefinitely and carry a 3 year warranty.

 

Where should the CALCLEAR unit be fitted?

The CALCLEAR is best fitted to the water supply to your house, or business before it divides into its various services. You will need to supply a power point for the plug-in transformer. Like all electronic equipment this unit should be protected from the weather, damp, excess heat and cold, and away from direct sunlight.

 

How much pipe should be covered by the signal leads?

The total amount of exposed pipe varies between 40 and 80 cms, depending on pipe diameter. Each antennae should have at least 20 cms between each antennae.

 

Will I get more lather from soaps, shampoos and detergents?

Water treated by a CALCLEAR unit can be regarded as soft. Far less shampoo, soap or detergent will be needed. In industry the chemicals can be changed to leave out the de-scaling component with considerable cost savings.

 

Is CALCLEAR environmentally friendly?

The CALCLEAR unit is the answer to problems of pollution in our waterways caused by excessive use of chemical water treatment. CALCLEAR uses no chemicals and has low energy consumption.

 

Is the CALCLEAR unit expensive to run?

No, in fact it saves you money. Running costs are minimal, averaging less than $10 per year. There will be long-term savings in the cost of heating hot water, descaling of elements and dishwashers and replacement and repair costs of appliances.

 

What about conventional hard water conditioners?

These require backflushing, and endless supplies of salt to regenerate the resin, which leaves harmful sodium deposits as a byproduct.

 

Which CALCLEAR unit should I choose?

The CALCLEAR units are selected based on pipe size, water hardness and flow. The Water Buddy can be used on pipes up to 25mm, Sentinel 40mm, Digital 60mm (depending on application), Hydro 80 up to 80mm, Hydro 100 up to 150mm, and Hydro 200 (two Hydro 100 units) for pipes up to 300mm.

Please consult Technical staff at CALCLEAR for best recommendation.

 

My water is stored in tanks. Do I treat the pipe going into the tank or coming out of it?

It is always best to treat the pipe coming out of the tank preferably at the point where it enters the building as there is usually a power supply and shelter from the weather.

In agricultural situations where the water is used for stock feed or irrigation there may only be a power supply and shelter at the bore pump. When fitting the CALCLEAR system here, ensure that the antennae are one metre away from the pump motor or any other electromagnetic field.

When stored in a tank, the CALCLEAR treated water will remain in a charged state for seven days. If the tank water contents are constantly being used there is no loss of treatment. The CALCLEAR unit will, however, break down all the sludge and scale that may have accumulated in the tank over the years and drop it in lumps on the bottom before progressively breaking it down into tiny sub 4 micron particles over a period of time. After a few months of treatment it is advisable to remove all this scale and sludge to gain the maximum water softening, descaling, water clarity, health and growing benefits from the CALCLEAR system.

 

Will CALCLEAR work on any kind of pipe material?

The CALCLEAR system is effective on all pipes but the optimum results are achieved on PVC or poly pipes, incurring the least interference for the sine wave signal creating the electromagnetic field. However we do not recommend using CALCLEAR with any corroded or fibro cement pipes. This is because CALCLEAR is a very efficient scale removal system and as fibro cement pipes contain asbestos particles, there is a risk of taking these back into the flow, once all the scale has been removed.

In old or very corroded pipes, bores, tanks and equipment, it is often the scale deposits that are keeping them watertight and once this is removed by the CALCLEAR system, leaks may occur. It is important to take this into account and read the warranty carefully as CALCLEAR will not accept any responsibility for leaks or any associated damage caused in this way. It should be noted that the CALCLEAR signal transmits 30 metres in each direction along the treated water pipe and will progressively descale the 30 metre section prior to point where the antennae are fitted.

 

How does CALCLEAR soften water if it does not remove any minerals from the flow?

CALCLEAR softens water by changing large mineral crystals into tiny mineral particles which have had their ability to bond with themselves or minerals neutralised. It is the tiny particle size and absence of crystals that makes the water soft. In detergents it is the job of enzymes to bind up large crystals before the detergent can lather. As there are no longer any crystals in the treated flow there is very little for the enzymes to bind up so soaps shampoos lather a lot more easily.

Crystals, in molecular terms, are very large structures and have all the free bonds necessary to combine with other minerals or react with other elements to form complex chemical structures. They are in fact, nature's little batteries and are the primary cause of itchy skin. Crystals also bond easily to any surface and become the breeding ground for fungal moulds which cause the more severe skin conditions. This why people have more skin irritations in hard water areas.

It is now known that mould needs crystal size structures to form on and one of the first visible effects of the CALCLEAR treatment is the disappearance of mold from tiles and other bathroom surfaces. The tiny (sub 4 micron) particles are too small for most fungal formations. As CALCLEAR is also removing all the scale from the tiles, shower screens an other bathroom surfaces there is a progressive reduction in mould and as it is the scale that traps all the dirt, surfaces become easier to clean and start to shine again. This translates into direct hygiene benefits as much bacterial breeding ground has been removed.

Other benefits include:

It is important to note that descaling only occurs on equipment or surfaces which have prolonged contact with CALCLEAR treated water. It is also important that any removed scale has an opportunity to be flushed away. In appliances such as kettles, existing scale is quickly broken down but soft white powdery calcium still forms on the elements for a day or so before falling off. This is because the calcium is still in the water in tiny particle form and as the water boils away the calcium is left behind in the kettle where there is no flowing water to flush it away. To avoid this build up refill the kettle with treated water after each boiling.

 

You claim that CALCLEAR is the most environmentally friendly water treatment available today. How do you justify this claim?

We make this claim based on the total environmental impact of a product, including:

All other types of water treatment, including conventional water softeners and reverse osmosis systems, have much larger manufacturing energy costs with attendant environmental and running costs when in operation. Even filters have to be disposed of with concentrations of the minerals that we are anxious to remove from our water supplies.

These figures seem insignificant when compared to the environmental savings which result from the ability of CALCLEAR to treat commercial flows of water with high mineral content and changing them into a supplies that have all the benefits of soft water and not only prevent scale from forming but progressively descale all pipes, boilers, water heaters, irrigation systems, laundries, kitchen equipment. This is achieved without using chemicals or taking equipment out of service. By eliminating acid descaling and chemical treatment from all these operations, huge volumes of chemicals are prevented from entering our soils, rivers and drainage systems.

Further savings are made by eliminating the harmful sodium deposits left by conventional water softeners as a by product of the their operation. There are also further energy savings resulting from the scale removal from all water heating equipment which add up to a reduction of fuel consumption of around 20% (limescale is a great insulator).

As the treated flow assumes all the properties of soft water (due to the conversion of large crystals into sub 4 micron particles), much less detergent is required and fabric softeners are no longer a necessity. Overall the potential for removing or reducing chemicals from our daily life is so great that substantial and sustainable benefits to our environment can be brought within reach whilst we simultaneously enjoy the financial benefits of the most cost-effective water treatment available.

Last, but not least, recent tests have proved that plants irrigated with CALCLEAR treated water show significant growth improvements due to the minerals, particularly calcium, being made into a tiny particle form easily taken up and translocated throughout the plants. The increased calcium levels throughout the plant give a range of growth and health improvements including, bigger plants with longer shelf life, better taste, minimal growing problems and greater resistance to disease. If we can grow plants this good from water supplies that would normally cause growing problems then we can probably reduce the use some of the chemicals that are currently used to solve these problems and which ultimately end up in the soil or in our food.

CALCLEAR - Good for the environment? We rest our case!

 

For further questions, call (02) 9977 8801, fax (02) 9977 8805 or email info@calclear.com.au