Although magnetic treatment is one of several options available for conditioning hard water (in addition to things like conventional water softening, filtering with reverse osmosis, or distillation), it's one of the more controversial methods. In fact, while some people feel that it's the simplest way to deal with scale buildup from hard water, others think that the science behind it is inadequate to prove it actually works. And proponents of the treatment know that it's only useful for certain applications and in certain situations. So to make sure you're using this treatment as it was intended and to ensure the best chance of success with it, ask yourself these questions before installing it in your home.
1. What is your purpose in shopping for a hard water treatment?
Hard water generally produces several different effects, any of which may become a problem in your home (depending on the severity of the hardness, your personal tastes, and so on). The first problem is that it can create discoloration or buildup of scale. This can affect not only your bathtub and other white plumbing fixtures, but also the pipes. Theoretically, if the water is very hard, it could cause so much scale buildup inside your pipes that their water flow is restricted. Another problem these minerals can cause is making the water taste a bit odd. It doesn't necessarily taste bad, but if it's not what you're used to and you don't enjoy the flavor, keeping yourself hydrated ca be a real struggle. So unless you want to buy all your water in bottles, water treatment is in order. Magnetic treatment only mitigates the first problem, though; it's not intended to change the flavor of the water. Filtration is a better option if you need better-tasting water.
2. Do you know the ins and outs of the actual process magnetic treatment uses?
Magnetic treatment doesn't remove the minerals from the water, unlike water softening and filtration. Instead it uses a magnetic field to mold the calcium in the water into a more harmless shape that's less likely to create buildup and, theoretically, easier to remove if it does form scale. It doesn't make the water softer or stop deposits entirely, it just diminishes deposits (although it's supposed to do so considerably). If you don't understand this before buying, you may have high hopes that all scale will disappear forever and then you'll be disappointed.
3. Do you want to buy from a supplier or source your own magnets?
Since the function of this treatment is so simple (all you need to do is put strong magnets on both sides of a pipe), you may decide that it's entirely unnecessary to source the treatment apparatus from a water treatment company. Instead you can simply decide on the strength of treatment you want and the type of magnets you'll need for the size of your pipe and install them yourself.
These three questions can help you proceed with your magnetic treatment installation in an informed way without falling prey to inflated claims. Remember, you can often use multiple water treatments together as well, such as by using distillation or reverse osmosis to remove minerals from drinking water while using magnets to prevent scale in plumbing fixtures. Contact a water conditioning company, like Olympic Springs Bottled Water, for more options.