11 Mar Outsmarting Hard Water with HydroFlow
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Outsmarting Hard Water with HydroFlow
MANY KITCHENER RESIDENTS don’t realize the burden of having hard water in their taps. Some may not know that mineral build-up resulting from hard water can wreak havoc on your pipes and especially on tankless water heaters, where the intense heat exchange in a condensed area can amplify any damage. Fewer still may know that this problem has a solution, and it’s one we’ve recently installed in REEP House’s basement.
HydroFlow Canada has developed a small, unobtrusive fix to the issues typically associated with hard water. The technology is pretty straightforward: an AM frequency is induced into the piping system, which causes calcium and magnesium particles to form clusters that are too large to attach to the insides of pipes. Normally, limescale builds up over time, leading to water pressure problems and wasted energy.
The HydroFlow unit’s AM signal travels both upstream and downstream in the piping system—from the source to the taps—and reverses limescale in a matter of months with typical household water flow. Installation is easy: the unit is attached to the cold pipe going into the hot water tank (the household water system’s mid-point), uses about $3 of electricity per year and comes with a one-year warranty.
Although it’s not much to look at, you can check out HydroFlow’s HS44 unit on a tour of REEP House, as well as learn about the advantages of a tankless water heater. But beyond establishing a showroom for green technologies, REEP House is committed to gathering data, and so we’re also analyzing the HydroFlow’s performance on local hard water.