The ClearWave® is a revolutionary product that conditions hard water without the expense and
hassle of salt, chemicals, or traditional hard water systems. The ClearWave attacks hard water particles with
electro-magnetic waves, treating the entire water system in your home and helping prevent and reduce hard water
Calcium and magnesium particles tend to stick to each other and any surface they contact, forming layers of hard
scale. This scale buildup damages water heater elements and restricts water flow. The ClearWave “neutralizes” these
particles. Once treated by the ClearWave Water Conditioner, calcium and magnesium particles remain in suspension,
flowing freely through the system and down the drain.
I wonder if you realize all the benefits you'll get when you buy this product:
* The ClearWave not only prevents new scale formation, over time it helps
break down existing scale, protecting the water heater, pipes, shower heads, and appliances.
* The ClearWave is maintenance-free, environmentally friendly, and uses less water
than traditional water softeners. The ClearWave works on all types of pipes including copper, PVC, galvanized, and
The ClearWave Water Conditioner generates a series of electro-magnetic waves that affect hard water
crystals (calcium and magnesium) in water so that they are unable to stick to anything. These “enhanced”
microscopic particles then contact existing scale and cause it to loosen, break down, and flow easily with the
CUSTOMER SATISFACTION AND WARRANTY
The ClearWaveHard Water Conditioner comes
with a 90 day Money Back Satisfaction
Guarantee. If you are not satisfied with the performance of this product, return it with the
sales receipt within 90 days of date of purchase to where you bought it for a purchase
price refund. The ClearWave is warranted against defects in workmanship. If the ClearWave fails within
the three warranty period, return it to D & D Chemical,
Inc. with proof of purchase for repair or replacement. Please refer to the warranty sheet provided
with each ClearWave for the length and terms of the warranty.
TESTING FOR HARDNESS AND IRON LEVELS
The length of time required to alter the characteristics of the lime
scale is dependent on the mineral makeup of the water being treated. The mineral content of the water can
influence the operation of the ClearWave's electrical field. Before installing any water conditioning system,
it is very important to know the type and concentration of minerals in the water being treated. Contact your
local health department or county extension service to locate a water testing service near
Iron is a natural
mineral found in the ground and that frequently is leached out into ground and well water. EPA recommends
that the levels should be below 1.5PPM, however levels as low as 0.5PPM have an adverse taste and undesirable
Total Hardness is a
measure of the total amount of calcium and magnesium that has naturally leached into well and ground water.
Levels between 50 and 125PPM are desirable. Low total hardness levels, below 50PPM, can be corrosive to
plumbing made from copper and iron. High total hardness levels, above 125PPM, tend to form scale inside pipes
creating a barrier for the water to flow freely after many years.
Iron Concentration - A
high concentration of iron (soluble and insoluble) causes a disruption and weakening of the ClearWave's
electrical field, reducing its effectiveness on scale reduction. Under these conditions an iron removal
system is required to filter out the iron prior the ClearWave. We recommend an iron removal system for total
iron levels above 0.3 ppm (parts per million.)
Hardness - Definition of hardness: (Taken from the 1992 edition of Standard
Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater.) "Originally, water hardness was understood to be a measure
of the capacity of water to precipitate soap. Soap is precipitated chiefly by the calcium and magnesium ions
present. Other polyvalent cautions also may precipitate soap, but they often are in complex forms, frequently
with organic constituents, and their role in water hardness may be minimal and difficult to define. In
conformity with current practice, total hardness is defined as the sum of the calcium and magnesium
concentrations, both expressed as calcium carbonate, in milligrams per liter."
The current practice of determining water hardness is the measurement
of the concentration of calcium and magnesium in the water. The traditional water softener removes the
calcium and magnesium from the water through a process called ion exchange; which will show a change in
hardness using the current practice for measuring water hardness. Since the ClearWave does not remove any
calcium or magnesium ions from the water, testing the water before and after the installation of the
ClearWave will not show any change. The best method of evaluation is to monitor the effects the ClearWave has
on scale forming areas such as: the effects on humidifier media pad scaling, showerhead scaling and the
amount of soap needed to do the laundry.
The degree of water hardness in the table below (according to the
Water Quality Association) will allow you to determine what type of water hardness you have after you receive
your water test data..
Description of water
Parts per Million (ppm) of Calcium Carbonate
Grains per Gallon (gpg) of Calcium Carbonate
Less than 17.1
Less than 1.0
17.1 to 60
1.0 to 3.5
60 to 120
3.5 to 7.0
120 to 180
7.0 to 10.5
180 and above
10.5 and above
If your water falls under the description of Soft or Slightly Hard, the effects of the ClearWave on the scale
(if any) will not be noticeable. Any water problem you have is probably not caused by calcium or magnesium. On
hardness levels above 250 ppm or 15 gpg two ClearWave units should be mounted in series on the incoming water pipe.
The maximum hardness level the ClearWave will effectively work on is 425 ppm or 25 gpg. Above these levels, the
ClearWave should be used in conjunction with a traditional ion exchange water softener to remove hardness and
condition the water. This allows you to minimize the salt used to remove the hardness and maintain the cost saving
benefits of the ClearWave water conditioning system.
The following timetable of events should be used to evaluate the operation of the ClearWave during the 180-day
customer satisfaction period. This is the best way to evaluate the ClearWave operation and benefits the ClearWave
technology can provide for you and your home. Again, the ClearWave does not remove any calcium or magnesium ions
from the water, testing the water hardness before and after the installation of the ClearWave will not show any
DAY 1: The ClearWave action immediately starts to loosen existing scale in both the hot
and cold water systems. One should find soap lathers more easily. DAY 5 and onwards: Scale begins to break down and come off water heater elements (immersion heaters)
and tanks. Most particles are microscopic and will flow through your water system, but some small particles may be
seen in the water coming from the hot water tap. DAY 10 to 16: It should be noticeably easier to wipe clean ceramic, plastic, glass, and metal surfaces.
By now the quantity of bath soap, dish soap, laundry detergent, and laundry softening agents can be reduced. Scale
should have loosened on faucets, showerheads and frequently used appliances that boil water (such as coffee
makers.) DAY 16 and onwards: Scale should continue to loosen from faucets, showerheads, and pipes. With the
continuing break down and reduction of scale from the heating surfaces of water heaters, water should heat up
quicker using less energy to achieve the desired temperature. After 1 to 2 months: Any scaly crust or stains in toilets or under faucets should be significantly
reduced. No new stains or crust should form. Mold that attaches to scale will begin to disappear from shower
curtains and once cleaned should not reappear. Depending on the water hardness in the area, the full effects can
take up to 12 weeks, especially if the system has been heavily scaled up over many years.
The ClearWave coils should be mounted on the water supply pipe as it enters the
building, before the piping branches off to supply the water heater and any cold water taps. This allows the
ClearWave to condition all of the water supplied to the building. The ClearWave should be mounted after any water
meter or grounding cable attached to the water piping system. The ClearWave is designed and tested to cause little
or no interference to other communication devices. Install the ClearWave at least ten feet from any radio,
television or cordless telephone base unit to eliminate any possible interference.
Mounting the unit to the
pipe There are two sets of pipe clips provided with the ClearWave, one set is for mounting
on 3/4" water pipes and the other is for mounting on 1" water pipes. Select the proper size clips by attaching one
of each size clip onto the water pipe where the ClearWave is to be mounted. Choose the clip size that fits tightest
onto the pipe. First, mount the selected pipe clips to the base of the ClearWave housing by using the screws
provided. Next, mount the ClearWave onto the pipe by pressing the clips onto the water pipe. The clips may not fit
tightly on all pipes. For these cases and other size pipes, secure the unit to the water pipe with wire
The performance of the ClearWave is not affected by the direction or
orientation. The unit may be mounted horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. The ClearWave can be used effectively
on any type of water pipe; galvanized, copper, or plastic.
Properly wrapping the antennae The
antennae wrap around the water pipe on each end of the ClearWave. (See Figure 1.) A minimum of seven fully wrapped
coils of the antenna wire, with each coil wrapped tightly against the pipe and pressed snugly against each other is
required for best results. (See Figure 2.) The operation of the ClearWave and the antenna installation is not based
on direction of water flow, but one antenna MUST be wrapped in a clockwise direction and the other wrapped in a
counter-clockwise direction. First, wrap the antenna onto the water pipe by securing the right antenna to the
water pipe next to the ClearWave housing with a wire tie. Wrap the right antenna clockwise (over the top of the
pipe first), keeping the antenna wire tight against the pipe and the preceding coil. Secure the end of the right
antenna wire to the water pipe with a wire tie. (See Figure 2.) Wrap the left antenna onto the water pipe by
securing the antenna to the water pipe next to the ClearWave housing with a wire tie. Wrap the left antenna
counter-clockwise (under the bottom of the pipe first), keeping the antenna wire tight against the pipe and the
preceding coil. Secure the end of the left antenna wire to the water pipe with a wire tie.
Connecting to power
supply Insert the power supply plug into the power supply jack on the side of the
ClearWave, then plug the power supply into a standard electrical wall outlet. (See Figure 1.) When energized, the
ClearWave modulation indicator lights start flashing sequentially indicating that the ClearWave is functioning
How it Works
INTERFERENCE The ClearWavehard water
conditioner is designed and tested to cause little or no interference to other communication devices.
Install the ClearWave at least ten feet from any radio, television or cordless telephone base unit to eliminate any
POWER SURGES AND LOCK UPS If you find the ClearWave worked
for a while then seemed to stop producing the same results, the microprocessor may have locked up due to a
electrical spike or power surge. If your home is in an area that these types of problems occur, install a surge
protector on the electrical outlet that the ClearWave transformer is plugged into. To evaluate the operation of the
ClearWave to determine if the unit has locked up and needs to be reset, observe the flashing indicator lights on
the front of the ClearWave. They indicate the changing frequency of the unit. The output frequency cycles every 5
minutes, so you should see the lights flash progressively faster throughout the cycle, then slow down and repeat.
If, during this 5-minute cycle, you do not see any change in the frequency of the flashing lights, unplug the power
supply and wait at least one minute. Then plug the power supply back in. This will reset the microprocessor. You
should observe the changing of the frequency in the indicator lights and proper operation.
LOOSE ANTENNA WIRES If you find the ClearWave worked for a
while then seemed to stop producing the same results, and the unit appears to be operating fine (see the Power
Surges and Lock Ups section), then the antenna wires could have loosened on the pipe. The antenna wires must be
held tightly against the pipe and the coils must be pressed snugly against each other to transfer the energy into
the water. If the antenna wires are loose, tighten them and also retighten the wire ties. Be sure that the antennae
are wrapped in the proper direction. (See Figure 1.)
Pure water contains nothing but H20. But water, as it comes out of the ground, is rich in a multitude
of minerals. Minerals such as calcium and magnesium are the main components of hard water, and the cause of scale
formation and other problems.
There are three basic methods used to control the problem of hardness and specifically scale formation.
One method is to remove the calcium and magnesium from the water through ion exchange (the traditional water
softener.) This method requires the use of a resin filled tank with a high concentration of salt ions. As the water
flows through the resin tank the salt ions (typically sodium) are exchanged for the calcium or magnesium ions. This
lowers the concentration of the minerals that cause scale and therefore inhibits scale formation.
A second method used to control hard water scale is the addition of chemicals (such as phosphates) to the water.
These materials chemically alter the scaling characteristics of the calcium or magnesium, allowing the
concentration of the minerals to stay the same while still reducing scale formation and its effects.
Both of the above methods require the use of consumable materials to change the makeup of the water. For these
devices to function properly, the homeowner must continuously replenish the salts or chemicals as well as perform
periodic maintenance on the equipment. In addition to these inconveniences, the chemicals and salts discharged into
the effluent water present problems downstream to the municipal water treatment facility and the environment. Many
U.S. cities have been enacting and/or evaluating environmental legislation to limit or reduce the levels of
chemicals or salts that result from these types of water treatment methods.
ELECTRIC MAGNETIC POTENTIAL:
A third method used to treat the hard water problems associated with scale utilizes changes in electrical potential
in the water to produce the effects of chemical addition. The electric potential applied changes the scaling
characteristics of the calcium or magnesium without the removal of these ions or the addition of chemicals.
Bar magnets were the first types of equipment used to generate electric potential changes in water. Bar magnets
have been used with limited success to inhibit scale formation. The fixed magnetic field of a bar magnet creates
electric potential changes in the water only when the water moves through the magnetic field. Electromagnets
function in much the same way as bar magnets, but the magnetic field is created by passing a current through a
coil, essentially creating a more powerful fixed magnetic field. Inherently, fixed magnetic fields are limited to a
narrow range of applications, pipe sizes and water flow rates.
Permanent bar magnets and electromagnets have been promoted as a method of "treating" hard water, but they do
not treat the vast and complex array of mineral contents and concentrations found in water. Particles can also
build up inside the pipe where the magnet is placed, eventually causing blockage at the very point it is supposed
to be doing its job.
Electrostatic devices create an electric potential in the water between two electrodes. One electrode is mounted in
the water stream in the center of the pipe housing, while the pipe itself acts as the other electrode. The device
applies a voltage across the two electrodes to create the electric potential in the water. This electrostatic
approach was an improvement upon the bar magnets and electromagnets, but increased the initial cost considerably
while not dramatically improving the range of effective conditions.
The ClearWavehard water conditioning system operates on similar principles as the
magnets and electrostatic devices. But unlike those previously mentioned, the ClearWave uses microprocessor
technology to electronically generate inaudible wave-forms which help keep calcium carbonate particles (scale)
dissolved or suspended in water. With the ClearWave, the electric field generated is always being applied to the
water, while a magnetic field relies on the movement of water to produce the electric potential changes.
Low frequency waveforms are emitted through two coiled wires attached to the outside of the water pipe. As a
result of these waveforms, the two coils are constantly inducing a voltage into the water in the area of the
ClearWave. When one coil induces a positive voltage the other coil induces a counteracting negative voltage. This
electric field causes the calcium or magnesium to remain in solution or suspension and the treated water continues
to dissolve scale as it flows downstream. Over time, the ClearWave treated water helps solve hard water problems in
the entire system, including pipes, water heaters, showerheads, and appliances. The ClearWave
microprocessor-controlled technology continually varies its frequency, affecting the widest range of mineral
concentrations and other variables that cause "hard water" problems.
Environmentally Friendly. Uses Very Little
The ClearWave® is a time-tested product that conditions water without salt, chemicals or changes to plumbing.
ClearWave treated water "acts" like soft water even though we don't remove the calcium. We use computer generated
clearwaves to alter the calcium particles so they don't stick to each other or to your plumbing. These changed
particles help dissolve existing scale and help prevent new scale from forming. This ClearWave treated water
continues to dissolve scale as it flows downstream. Over time, the ClearWave helps solve hard water problems in the
entire system, including pipes, water heater, shower heads and appliances.
The ClearWave® originated in Great Britain where hard water scale build up is a
problem nationwide. The product was brought to the
U.S. in the early 90's. Over 50,000 units have been sold worldwide.
Installing the ClearWave is as simple as 1-2-3 and takes less than 15 minutes. No tools are required and everything
you need is included in the package, including a handy DVD.