As new technology emerges in the market that claims to eliminate scale build up just like a traditional water softener, Martin Water Conditioning always puts these products to the test to see if they actually work. The following test was done on a Hydrocare system – a simple device that straps onto the feed pipe and is powered by a small power supply.
For our test we took the Hydrocare unit and a Kinetico water softener and fed two instant hot water heaters. The water source for both was from the same well water with 20GPG of hardness. We had two solenoid valves powered by one timer that controlled the water flow through each instant hot. The timer was set to run six times in a 24 hour period and each time it ran for 15 minutes at a flow rate of less than ¼ gallon a minute. This test ran for close to one month. Both units were then unhooked and dismantled for evaluation.
The picture below clearly shows the results. The hot water heater treated with the Kinetico water softener had absolutely no calcium build up. The hot water heater treated with the Hydrocare system had a large amount of calcium build up on the heater walls, element, and deposits that settled in the bottom of the tank.
Based on our testing, we feel the Hydrocare system had no impact on calcium scale removal.
WATER HEATER TANK TREATED WITH HYDROCARE
WATER HEATER TANK TREATED WITH KINETICO WATER SOFTENER