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Old 02-25-2015, 05:36 PM
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Scale (white buildup on appliances) comes from the hardness in the water (calcium and magnesium ions). Unless you have a sodium chloride/potassium chloride based water softener or one the so-called "salt free" conditioners (aka TAC water conditioners) you will still get scale buildup if you have hard water. I don't know anyone with a TAC water conditioner so I am not sure how effective their crystallization technology is. Sodium chloride/potassium chloride water softeners are very effective in scale reduction as they drive the water hardness to zero.

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You will also find cleaning your baths, shower, sinks, etc to be much easier since scale buildup is minimized.
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Old 02-25-2015, 05:59 PM
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It could be the chlorine in the water. It is pretty high at about 1.5 ppm. Do your eyes bother you in a chlorinated pool (not sure how "salt water pools" work - not all pools are chlorinated)? If not, then you may want to see an allergy specialist. If so, I would suspect the chlorine. A carbon filter will remove the chlorine.

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The water may be safe but there is something in it I am allergic to. When we close on our house I will have to get a filtration system and hope what is bothering me will be filtered out. Every morning after I shower my eyes water for hours. If I wear swim goggles they don't so I have concluded there is something in the water bothering my eyes. If the filter doesn't do the trick I will be SOL.
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Nova sounds like a great system. Would like to know are you a licensed plumber and do you have insurance.
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Scale (white buildup on appliances) comes from the hardness in the water (calcium and magnesium ions). Unless you have a sodium chloride/potassium chloride based water softener or one the so-called "salt free" conditioners (aka TAC water conditioners) you will still get scale buildup if you have hard water. I don't know anyone with a TAC water conditioner so I am not sure how effective their crystallization technology is. Sodium chloride/potassium chloride water softeners are very effective in scale reduction as they drive the water hardness to zero.

All I'll say, without naming a brand, is that we have a potassium based R/O unit no scale buildup, no heavy metals in the water, and several jealous neighbors. Anyone with a neurological condition especially need to be sure they are eliminating heavy metals from their water supply.
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When you say "potassium based" R/O, that implies a water softener using potassium chloride on the whole house water supply and an R/O on the kitchen sink, perhaps?? Yes, R/O systems take everything out - leave you with pure water and no dissolved solids. My dad has an R/O but only on the kitchen sink. To do a R/O for the entire house would cost a small fortune which is why they are typically only done for the kitchen sink. My dad's setup is pretty nice - probably a lot like yours??? Carbon filter to remove chlorine, water softener to remove hardness, and R/O on the kitchen sink - for cooking, coffee. Unfortunately they don't have the refrig water supply off of the R/O system - too hard to run the pipe to the refrig with a slab ranch.

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All I'll say, without naming a brand, is that we have a potassium based R/O unit no scale buildup, no heavy metals in the water, and several jealous neighbors. Anyone with a neurological condition especially need to be sure they are eliminating heavy metals from their water supply.
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Nova sounds like a great system. Would like to know are you a licensed plumber and do you have insurance.
I'd also like to know the same.
And I'd like to know the location of your storefront.
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Water softener gone Nova system installed. Great water at last!
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Water softeners and filters target two different issues. You now have a filter to remove sediment/chlorine. Chlorine gives water it's gnarly taste. A water softener removes hardness, which you can't taste but contributes to scale build-up, glass etching, using more soap, dry skin, etc. Many people have both since they address two different issues. Many people have neither. Many people have just one. Many people buy a "hybrid system" that contains both a water softener and a filter to remove sediment/chlorine.

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Water softener gone Nova system installed. Great water at last!

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