Quick Fix for Hard Water
LESLIE: Now we’re going to talk to Bill in Ohio who’s dealing with a hard water situation. Tell us what’s going on at your money pit.
BILL: Hi, guys. I’ve been cleaning the aerators, the little filter thing, on my faucets in the bathroom and in the showerhead like every three months or so; like a limey buildup. And I figured I’d kind of pull like a Tom Sawyer/Huck Finn kind of deal and teach the wife how to do it.
TOM: Teach the wife how to do it? (laughs)
LESLIE: Hey, the girls can have a honey-do list, too.
BILL: Yeah and needless to say she lost interest in that.
TOM: Go figure. (chuckles)
BILL: Yeah. I figured I would fix the source of the problem, which they’re telling me is hard water.
TOM: Hmm. Well, look; hard water is a very common problem in many parts of the country. It has a lot to do with where you get your water; where your water company gets your water. I presume you have city water.
TOM: Yeah and even if you have city water it can be just as much of an issue. Now the typical way to treat hard water is with salt-based systems, but the issue there is that it requires a fair amount of plumbing; it’s fairly expensive and there’s an ongoing maintenance issue that has to be taken care of. Another way to do it is with a system called EasyWater and you can learn about that at their website, EasyWater.com. What I like about EasyWater – and we used it here at our shore house – is it doesn’t require any plumbing connection. Essentially, it uses electricity to – realign is the best way to explain it – the mineral particles as they go through the water and it creates such a situation that they cannot stick to the faucet; so they’re not going to stick to the …
LESLIE: Well, it sort of forces like a reverse polarity, if you will. Instead of things sort of becoming magnetized and wanting to stick together it forces them apart, right?
TOM: Yeah, it’s like trying to press the two positive sides of a magnet together and they just bounce off and that’s kind of what it does to the water. So installing it is really pretty easy – you can do it inside of an hour – and I think it’s a great system; very, very inventive. We have spoken to the inventor, a guy named Bill Freije, that came up with this idea and was very, very impressed. We hope to have him on the show at some time in the future. But check it out. It’s at EasyWater.com. I think that’ll solve your problem very simply and keep you married. (Leslie chuckles)
BILL: Thanks. I think I’ll have the wife install one. (Tom chuckles)
LESLIE: Bill is a trouble maker.
TOM: He is, he is.
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