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Scalewatcher Small Wonder hard water treatment unit

3.3 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
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Specifications for this item
Import Designation Imported
Item Weight 6.08 ounces
UNSPSC Code 41120000

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Product Features

  • Environmentally friendly - no chemicals or salt are added
  • Eliminate LIME SCALE and other HARD WATER problems?
  • Easy installation - negligible electric use
  • Effective up to 20 Grains/Gallon, pipe size up to 1"
  • No maintenance - guaranteed performance - Also called Scalewatcher Mini

Product Description

-BENEFITS: - Provides whole house protection - Saves energy, saves water, saves money - Extends life of appliances - Improves water heater efficiency, saves energy - Extends the life of water heaters, saves money - Improves water flow in severely scaled systems - Eliminates unsightly scale on faucets, showerheads, toilets, etc - Extends the life of water filters and Reverse Osmosis membranes - Reduces scum and improves soap lathering - Makes water feel softer, kinder to the skin and hair - Prevents itchy skin due to hard water - prevents scaling, increases filter efficiency, reduces chlorine needs -FEATURES: - Guaranteed results - No salt or chemicals needed - Prevents & removes lime scale - No maintenance, easy to install - Negligible power consumption less than (80 Cents/Month) - TEN YEAR WARRANTY with 120 Day Money Back Guarantee - Effective on copper, steel, brass, galvanized, PEX, C PVC or PVC pipes up to 1" in diameter. General Benefits, Appliances and plumbing, Health benefits, Economic benefits, Environmental benefits, Personal benefits, Your Appliances and Plumbing

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 6.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • ASIN: B002AQW2P8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,740 in Industrial & Scientific (See Top 100 in Industrial & Scientific)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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Verified Purchase
I was skeptical when I bought this thing. My problem was my house was 40 years old and we live in an area of very hard water. When we moved in we bought a new refrigerator with an ice maker. We had few problems with it for the first 10 years or so. In the last couple of years we had issues with the line getting clogged with calcium/lime deposits. I replaced the valve and found the line contained a lot of sludge. It wasn't long before the line clogged again. I moved the line to the top of the pipe instead of the bottom thinking it would help. It did some but I had a sludge problem again in a couple months. I cleaned it out and let it go. It reclogged in a couple months. I could watch the size of the ice cubes get smaller and smaller. I looked into a water softener and it was more than I wanted to pay. I saw adds for a descaler and decided to try one but I was not at all convinced it was going to work. I just couldn't see how a magnetic field could help though I saw plenty of people who said it worked. Anyway I put the descaler on in July, 2012. It is now almost January. The ice maker has not clogged once in this time. I also saw another review where the guy said the shower was cleaner and I thought that has got to be bull. But guess what. I do not see nearly as much buildup in the shower as we have seen in the past making clean up much.easier.

All I can say, reluctantly, is that this thing actually works. I had a hard time believing it would but it sure did. We had a slow running toilet that now runs at full speed so it's certainly doing something positive. All I can do is conclude is is removing scale in the pipes. By the way I have a professional degree and a skeptical mind.
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I realized I have a problem with hard water when I saw my dishwasher's metal pipe slowly grow thick (~2 mm) dark material. In addition, all nickel parts in the bathroom were covered with a dirty white spots, which could not be removed.

I checked the town's water report and, sure enough, Calcium (CaCO3) was at 319 mg/l! They call it "aesthetic quality of water", but I could only imagine what was happening to my hot water heating system and the boiler!

Installing a chemical salt-based softener was very unappealing, because of the price, maintenance and environment impact. My friend has one installed and I didn't like the soapy feel of the treated water.

After hearing commercials for no-salt Easy Water, I got interested. I also realized that there must be cheaper alternatives utilizing the same exact technology without expensive radio ads.

I was very skeptical, because of varying reviews whether this technology can work, even theoretically. I checked with a former physicist and a former chemist and both said that theoretically it can work. They are even aware of early experiments for industrial use, although without a lot of success.

My understanding is that this particular device creates an electromagnetic field around the water pipe. What's different from the early experiments is that it quickly changes the frequency. As a result, active Calcium ions become inactive sediment, don't attach themselves to the pipes in your house and simply wash away. So, the physical content of the water does not change (i.e. the hardness will remain the same), but the chemical properties of the water are affected, and that's the whole point.

Still skeptical, I decided to take a chance on Small Wonder and see what happens.
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I do not like soft water therefore I didn't want a water softener. I wanted something that would prevent or reduce the scale build up on sinks, tubs, showers, toilets, the dish washer etc. The Small Wonder has definitely made a noticeable difference but it is not a "water softner". It does not remove the minerals it just prevents or reduces them from sticking to surfaces, therefore the water still tests as hard. With that said, we no longer get the scale buildup we use to get. If water is left to dry on a sink or on glasses in the dish washer a white powdery spot is present but it wipes right off as opposed to hardening and sticking as before. The best part is you don't get that awful slimy feeling on your skin after a shower that water softeners cause. I have not noticed any scale reduction on older shower heads as some have commented however the house is 45 years old so it may take more time to work. We still use a small amount of Finish in the dishwasher to prevent the small amount of powder left behind as well as giving the glasses a sparkling look. Bar Keepers Friend is amazing for removing old scale from toilets, sinks, showers, etc....

It's been installed a few months and recently it seems to be less effective. It is still much better than without but not as good as a month or so ago. We are in the middle of a drought which lowers the well water level and therefore water quality. Perhaps it's just that or it may becoming less effective. I'll follow up if it persists.
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I too was a bit skeptical about using this instead of a salt system. I have had this unit for about a month and I definitely see a difference. My toilet bowls had to be cleaned of lime scale build up every couple of days. Now I don't see any build up at all and just normal clean once a week. Same with the shower doors, less and less build up, easier to clean. So far so good. Easy to install and no maintenance.
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