This is worth doing every time you replace your electric ioniser filter.
On all alkalisers, there is a tendency for mineral deposits to accumulate on the plates inside the ionizing chamber and in hoses and pipes exiting the ionizer. This will result in a reduction in performance with regard to alkalizing ability.
As you already know – every time you use your alkaliser, it performs an automatic cleanse. This certainly increases the longevity of your chamber (we’ve never needed to replace one!) but it’s also good to perform a Vinegar Cleanse once a month or when you notice performance in pH output reducing (any white vinegar is OK but if you can find double strength vinegar this is better for this task):
- Lift the alkaline spout up so you can pour vinegar down it.
- Lift the acid hose up so the vinegar can’t escape through it.
- Find a small spouted container that allows you to pour the vinegar into the alkaline spout. (With the Melody, Venus or Alphion you can also pour it into the coral calcium port on top of the unit)
- Pour the white vinegar down the spout until full.
Push the end of the acid hose over the end of the alkaline spout to keep it inside the unit.
- The vinegar needs to remain in the chamber overnight.
- After leaving overnight reconnect the hose to the tap and run the alkalizer to flush out the vinegar.
It’s good to understand WHY calcium accretes. Calcium is normally in solution in water entering the ionizer. As the electrolysis increases the pH of the water, the calcium reacts by moving from solution to suspension. In this state it has a ‘sticky’ stste and if it attaches to a surface, other calcium will be attracted to it, forming the calcium scale we have seen in hot water systems, kettles etc.
We do supply a prefilter called ScaleStoppa. It changes the form of the calcium into Aragonite which does not come out of solution when ionized. We heartily recommnd this for serious users who wnat to reduce their potential for calcium accretion.