The Scale Problem

What is scale?

Many building owners and maintenance personnel are all too familiar with the troubles of scale. And many home owners are not. So, just what is scale? Scale is an incrustation of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) that forms on imperfections on heating elements or within plumbing systems. It is primarily composed fo calcium (Ca2+), magnesium (Mg2+) and bicarbonate (HC03). Scale deposits grow over time becoming "hard" and highly insoluble, making it extremely difficult to remove once formed and often leading to costly remediation efforts.

Why is scale harmful?

There are a number of issues associated with the growth of scale. First, as scale forms over time, it reduces the inner diameter of pipes and elbows, ultimately leading to restrictions in flow rate and pressure loss problems in systems. Second, scale often becomes encrusted on internal moving parts of valves and components, affecting their intended purpose or worse, causing safety failures. Lastly, in a boiler or hot water tank, heating elements can become coated with scale, reducing the system efficiency and increasing operating costs for end users.

What are the common methods of controlling scale?

Water Softeners
The most common approach to dealing with scale has been the installation of a water softener. The never-ending consumable cost of salt, required for system regeneration, is expensive and must be considered in the overall cost equation. Although effective in dealing with most scale, water softeners come with some significant drawbacks including:

  • Harmful chloride discharge that negatively impacts the environment
  • The removal of beneficial minerals (calcium & magnesium) from drinking water
  • A backwashing and regeneration process that wastes water
  • Large floor space requirements for operation and storage of salt bags

Scale Inhibitors or Sequestrates
Scale sequestering systems introduce phosphate-based chemicals to inhibit scale. These systems work better in cold water applications but have a tendency to break down or fail in hot water. Similar to softeners, scale sequestering systems require the constant introduction of a chemical resulting in ongoing monthly costs to end users.

Magnets and Other Devices
Magnets, electro-magnets, radio frequency devices, electrical current systems and other “black magic” inventions have failed to pass any scale control standards designed by internationally recognized third party testing agencies. While the manufacturers of these products may have in-house data to support their amazing scale control claims, none of these products have ever passed any international protocol for scale prevention. “Buyer Beware” is the best advice one can take if considering this gadgetry.


OneFlow Technology: The Catalyst for Change

OneFlow technology is an environmentally friendly alternative to water softening or any other treatment device designed to address scale.

OneFlow is an anti-scaling water treatment technology designed to prevent scale and protect plumbing components, pipes, fixtures, valves, fittings, hot tanks, etc. from the negative effects typically caused by water hardness. OneFlow technology is the first physical water treatment to effectively reduce 95+% of existing scale and prevent future scale build-up. Both OneFlow+ for home owners and OneFlow Systems for professionals use Template Assisted Crystallization (TAC) technology to attract and convert hardness minerals into harmless "soft" scale particles that do not stick to pipes and components and can be easily washed and wiped away without the use of caustic chemicals. OneFlow technology has been proven on the frontlines to be the most effective solution for scale prevention, and, it requires nothing but an inlet and outlet connection. Unlike a water softener, OneFlow+ and OneFlow Systems require NO control valve, NO backwashing, NO drain line, NO regeneration and NO brine tank to store salt.

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Learn About the Benefits of Salt-Free Scale Prevention

OneFlow+ for DIY Home Owners

A scale prevention and water filtration solution that Home Owners can install themselves.

  • Compact design for floor or wall mount
  • Virtually maintenance-free
  • Save up to $300 annually


OneFlow Systems for Professionals

Tank, single cartridge and dual cartridge solutions enable Professionals to help building owners and maintenance personnel eliminate scale in residential applications, larger living facilities, and commercial environments.

  • Proven third party laboratory test data
  • Flow rates from 0.5 to 450 gpm
  • Wide range of residential and commercial applications 
 
 

Hard scale build up on exterior of copper pipe in plumbing system.

This temperature and pressure relief valve has become clogged with the accumulation of hard scale, which can lead to potentially dangerous conditions.

Chemical injection systems often fail in hot water systems and have high monthly costs.