If you’re searching for a salt-free alternative to a traditional water softener, the Clearwave CW-125 may be the right product for you. Using electro-magnetic waves, this water conditioning system removes scale build-up caused by hard water. Easy to install, the CW-125 is a great choice for both apartments and homes alike.
Clearwave CW-125 Features
- Salt-free water conditioner
- Eliminates scale build-up via electro-magnetic waves
- Whole house treatment system
- Can treat water hardness up to 25 grains
- Maximum 28 gpm flow rate
- Compatible with all pipes, including PVC, copper, stainless steel and galvanized
Clearwave CW-125 Review
If you’re unfamiliar with electronic water conditioners, here’s how they work:
- The device creates an electro-magnetic field.
- As the water passes through the field, it alters its adhesion properties.
- Instead of depositing on appliances and pipes, the minerals wash down the drain.
With the CW-125, inaudible waves are produced that alter the properties of the calcium crystals found in hard water. The waves don’t affect the taste of the water, and you’ll never even know the system is on and working. The minerals simply wash down the drain.
Unlike other magnetic water softening systems, the CW-125 is compatible with all types of pipes, including:
- Stainless steel
The great thing about this electronic water conditioning system is that it’s completely salt-free. There’s no need to invest in multiple pounds of salt – or any other additive for that matter – just to treat your water. It also doesn’t waste water like salt-based systems do because there is no regeneration process.
Like with any other salt-free system, it’s important to remember that the Clearwave CW-125 doesn’t actually remove hard water minerals from your water supply. These healthy minerals will still be there. They just won’t stick to your pipes or appliances.
Now because the minerals are still in the water, you shouldn’t expect that “soft water” feeling. Most people describe soft water as slippery or slick. If you’re not a fan of soft water, you’ll appreciate the CW-125. We never noticed a difference in the texture of the water, and the taste was just as fresh and crisp as it normally is.
The maximum flow rate with this unit is 28 gpm. During our review, no changes in water pressure or flow rate were experienced.
One thing that’s important to note is this system is only compatible with pipes that are 1” in diameter. If you have larger pipes, you may need to contact Clearwave to see if any adapters or additional parts are offered to accommodate your pipes.
Installation is a breeze. All you have to do is: mount the unit onto the pipe (be sure to choose an indoor pipe near an outlet), wrap the antennae according to instruction manual, and connect the unit to a standard wall outlet.
If you can’t mount the unit to a pipe that’s close to an outlet, you may have to run an extension cord. Depending on the installation location, this may or may not be an inconvenience.
Within the first five days of installation, you should notice your soaps lathering more easily, and scale beginning to dislodge from appliances.
- Easy to install
- Environmentally-friendly way to condition water
- Leaves beneficial minerals in the water
- Works with all types of pipes
- Eliminates existing scale and prevents future build-up
- No salt required
- Does not remove hard water minerals from the water
Just like any other salt-free system, the Clearwave CW-125 will not eliminate hard water minerals from your water supply. If you’re searching for a system that actually removes these minerals, you’ll need to go with a salt-based water softener.
The Clearwave CW-125 does an excellent job of altering the adhesion properties of hard water minerals. Within just a few days of installing this system, we noticed a reduction in mineral deposits, and found that existing deposits were easy to remove.