build your own electronic descaler

If your area has hard water, a descaler is a must have. Over time, limescale accumulates in your pumps and machine’s tubes. Hard-water problems become manifest when you do laundry, cook, clean house, or bathe. Your coffee brewer stops working efficiently, taking longer to brew and the coffee won’t taste that good. 

There are lots of different devices and agents that are available on the market for treating water by removing limescale. The more common method is to use a water softener and the other one is an electronic water descaler.  Let’s look at the electronic descaler.

Electronic Descaler Overview

Hard water contains high minerals concentration and of these, the most troublesome is calcium. Descaling helps in removing the buildup of such minerals. Of course, there are ready descaling agents on the market but a handy solution can also be found in a Do-It-Yourself water softener/descaler system. The system utilizes a magnetic field for charging the water.

The subsequent magnetic field formed by the DIY descaler charges these particles. Consequently, the particles/minerals form clusters or crystals which prevents them from forming limescale deposits. The magnetic fields direction and variation have been shown to be quite significant because they affect crystal size.

Often, a square-wave pattern is recommended as it contains many frequencies ranging from a just a couple Hz to 100 kHz. Also important are the pipe material as well as the surface and location are chosen.

Materials You Need

One of the viable methods for descaling is to create a strong magnetic field by placing a powerful magnet in the proximity of your water pipe. The alternative is to build an electronic descaler. Both operate in a similar manner.

The principle behind the working of the water descaler is based on an old theory stating that an electric or electromagnetic field triggers small calcium carbonate crystals in the water to congregate and form larger crystals. The system uses weak electromagnetic signals emanating from a coil or two that have been wound around a water pipe.

How To Build An Electronic Descaler

To build one is not complicated. The following are the key steps:

  1. Locate the cold water incoming main pipe, usually located somewhere under the staircase or below the sink. 
  2. Identify a convenient location on the pipe, long enough on which to wind the two wire coils.
  3. Tightly wind the 2 coils around the pipe.
  4. Attach the main unit of the descaler to the wall using heavy duty self-adhesive Velcro and then plug in the two coils.
  5. Your electronic descaler is ready and you can switch it on.

Last Words

Hard water has lots of suspended mineral components. It is often evident by a lack of quality suds when using soap in water because of the calcium mineral deposits. Their effect is to cause the calcium within well water to remain in solution form and so stop it from sticking to baths, sinks, taps, and kettles. Water descalers have proven useful in removing deposits from accumulating on water pipes as well as the walls of storage tanks.

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Jake is a clean water enthusiast and blogger. He has spent his university days in Chicago studying various water filtration technologies and now enjoys helping people live healthier lives when it comes to water consumption.