What is Physical Conditioning?
“Physical Water Conditioner” is an umbrella term used to describe a group of products which can reduce, prevent or remove the formation of hard (lime) scale in areas supplied with hard water.
They are generally small devices which are simple to install and are either plumbed in or externally attached to the water pipe close to the point of entry into the property; some need a mains power supply.
The conditioners currently available are the result of decades of product development. The main reason for the installation of a physical water conditioner is for scale reduction and/or scale removal – hence the alternative description of the products as “scale reducers”. Copyright: British Water October 2004
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Culligan Physical Conditioning Systems
The Culligan ClearScale Plus range is innovative technology, using Neodymium magnet’s to create a strong, 6000 gauss, permanent magnetic field. The unique Catalytic alloy adds a secondary conditioning affect ensuring the unit provides the best protection from hard scale possible.
The permanent magnets and alloy require no power; any powered unit has the potential to create “Hot Spots” in low or no flow periods. The ClearScale range eliminates this risk as there is no heat generated by the unit and obviously no running cost.
The advantage of the energy free unit is not only no running cost, but also there is no need for a VFC for BMS. The unit is permanently conditioning and cannot fail; the magnets and alloy are guaranteed for 10 years.
Finally the ease of installation, BSP or flanged connections is available, lowest cost and as there is no need for a control panel there is no commissioning cost.
To compliment the ClearScale plus and offer a point of use option, Culligan have also developed the ClearScale Standard.
No electrical connections or power requirements are required and there is no mechanical parts that are subject to breakdown. Once ClearScale Standard is installed users can expect many years of conditioning in their system.
This model use’s only the catalytic alloy to condition the water. It is ideal for the light commercial installations or as a top up on larger system when installed on the return.
No salt or maintenance required!
Comparison of Water Softeners to Water Conditioners
- Hardness salts removed from the water
- ‘Cosmetic’ benefits, reduced detergent use (water not classed as potable)
- Stops future scale build up
- Suitable for steam and high temperature applications
- Requires salt & routine service
- Floor space required in plant room
Physical Water Conditioners
- Water remains hard
- No cosmetic benefits. Water remains potable
- Minimises scale build up
- Not suitable for all applications
- No salt or maintenance required
- In line fitting