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Hard Water

The quality of the source water is critical when it comes to ioniser performance and protecting the performance of your investment over time. Some ioniser companies will sell you an ioniser without investigating the qualilty of the source water. Let’s face it, ionisers are not cheap; they represent one of the most important investments you will ever make in your health. As the popularity of water ionisers continues to dramatically expand, we have gained valuable knowledge and experience in dealing with water quality variables.

To protect your investment, we have implemented a Water Quality Assurance Program that allows any customer with unusually poor water to purchase (at a discounted price) the appropriate pre-treatment solution within 30 days of purchasing their ioniser. Our Technical Support team is available to help such customers make the right choice.

Water quality varies widely throughout North America and in many other countries, and this variation has a significant impact on the performance and longevity of your ioniser. The most important factor affecting your water ioniser is the “hardness” of your water.

Mineral Content

The source of your water affects the quality – aquifers, rivers, reservoirs, run-off, wells, springs and the mineral content – varies widely. It can affect taste, odor, and the way water performs or behaves.

The variables of mineral content is referred to as “hard” or “soft” waters. Hard water has an unusually high concentration of minerals. Soft water is unusually low in mineral content. Both ends of the spectrum can affect ioniser performance.

Problems with Hard and Soft Water

Hard water forms scale which can clog pipes and decrease the life of virtually all appliances in the home, especially those that use hot water. It can ruin water heaters, irons, dishwashers, washing machines as well as kettles, tea and coffee pots.

Very soft water is acidic, and can corrode the metal pipes in which it is carried. As a result the water may contain elevated levels of cadmium, copper, lead and zinc.

Signs of Hard Water

  • Difficult to form later with soap
  • White mineral deposits on your glassware
  • Soap scum in your bath tub
  • White mineral deposits on your shower head
  • White mineral deposits in your tea pot, iron, or other electrical appliance that use water.

Hardness and Ioniser Performance

An ioniser requires mineral content to operate because minerals conduct electrical charge that produces the alterations found in ionised water. Water that has little or no minerals has no pathway for the electrolysis or “ionisation” to occur. Ionisers are designed to perform optimally within a specific range of mineral content in the source water; too many minerals may damage any ioniser, too few you may experience decreased performance. With the right range of conductive minerals your ioniser will easily alter the water and produce expected performance measurements in pH and ORP.

If in doubt about the hardness of your water please contact AlkaViva Technical Support.

To see if you need pre-treatment and what pre-treatment options please contact AlkaViva Technical Support.

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