Well guys, I found a great solution for hard water that requires no maintenance called Hard Water Genie. It uses Radio Frequency and Magnets to change the molecular structure of the water that passes through the pipes. BEFORE THE HATERS SAY IT WON'T WORK, all I can say is I own one and I no longer have scale problems and my water is soapier and feels softer without having to use a water softener to add salt to the water (for those of you that have high blood pressure, salt is not good).  The Water Genie is sold by Northgate vacuum and comes with an unconditional six months money back guarantee. That's right, doesn't work for you, send it back.  Did I mention a lifetime warrantee?