The ShowerStick – A TRUE Shower Water Softener!

Removes hard water minerals – unlike a shower filter!

Our Shower Water Softener is called the ShowerStick. It’s a true water “softener” since it removes hard water minerals (such as calcium, magnesium and iron) which are known to cause dry skin and hair. This means that the water from the ShowerStick shower water softener will test as soft water when using a hard water test kit. But the water from a shower water filter won’t test as soft since it isn’t capable of removing hard water minerals (see for yourself by using a hard water test kit). This is why many people who first try using a shower filter alone don’t end up happy with the results it gives. For a more in-depth explanation regarding why shower filters don’t soften water, please follow the link: Does a shower filter soften water? To get the best results, you need to soften the water. There are of course benefits to using a shower filter which is why we offer a KDF filter as an optional accessory to be installed in-line with the ShowerStick

Some of the effects of hard water on skin and hair:

  • Dull, dry ‘straw-like’, brittle, frizzy, lifeless and unmanageable hair
  • Hair loss, breakage and thinning
  • Hair color fading
  • Dry itchy skin (soft water is also great for dogs or other animals who suffer with skin diseases or disorders)
  • Skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and skin yeast infections
  • Soaps and shampoos don’t lather properly which causes you to use too much of them which contributes to more dried out skin and hair
  • Acne breakouts
  • Can cause blonde hair to turn red or orange
  • Soaps and shampoos leave residue on your skin and in your hair because they don’t dissolve easily in hard water
  • Flaky, itchy scalp (dandruff)

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • The ShowerStick body is made of durable 3” PVC pipe
  • Dimensions of ShowerStick body: 4″ diameter (with end caps) x 17″ length
  • Fully assembled length from bottom tip of shower pipe to bottom of hose loop is 36″ and 20″ to bottom of ShowerStick body (41″ and 25″ with KDF filter installed.)
  • Weight of ShowerStick when full of water with all additional parts is approximately 7.5 pounds
  • The lifespan of the resin is approximately 10 years if it’s regenerated as needed and is protected from chlorine if present. Otherwise, the lifespan may be shorter
  • 2.0 GPM continuous flow
  • Available with regular resin or iron control resin (iron control resin is needed if you have well water or if you see a presence of iron in your water (an orange-brown residue around sink drains or toilets)

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • ShowerStick true water softener PVC body with softening resin inside
  • Handheld shower head and hose
  • Shower arm mount with Angle Connector attached
  • Hard water test kit
  • Regeneration port opening for easy regeneration of the resin

Available with Regular resin and with Iron Control resin (make selection below). Iron Control resin is needed if you have well water or if you see a presence of iron in your water (an orange-brown residue around sink drains or toilets). It’s fine to use the Iron Control resin even if you don’t have an issue with iron in your water. Also, if you ever move and you do have an iron issue, you’ll already have the Iron Control resin.

Optional Accessories Purchased Separately:

HOW IT WORKS:

The ShowerStick hooks up to a standard 1/2” American shower pipe. Similar to whole house water softeners, the ShowerStick contains resin beads which soften water through a process called “ion exchange”. The resin beads attract hard water minerals such as calcium, magnesium and iron. As the minerals pass over the resin beads they stick to the surface of the beads which traps them inside the ShowerStick. After the resin beads collect all the minerals they can hold, the resin needs to be regenerated to flush out the hard water minerals the resin has collected. Regeneration is done by pouring a solution of salt (fine grain plain or iodized table salt) and water (mixed together in a one liter bottle) into the ShowerStick. On average, most of our customers determine they need to regenerate weekly. How often you need to regenerate depends on several factors such as the hardness of your water, the number of people who use the ShowerStick, how often each person showers, the duration of each shower and your water pressure. The hard water test kit (included) will help you determine how often you’ll need to regenerate.

Optional Accessories Purchased Separately

Offset Connector $12.00»

May be needed if you have a stall shower with a center mounted single lever water control knob which the ShowerStick may hang down in front of. The ShowerStick when installed, will hang 36″ down from the tip of your shower pipe to the bottom of the shower hose loop and 20″ to the bottom of the ShowerStick body (41″ and 25″ with the KDF filter installed.) The Offset Connector will allow you to offset the ShowStick to either side of your water control knob. (You don’t need this in a tub shower because they have faucet controls mounted low enough to not interfere with the ShowerStick being able to hang unobstructed.) Includes a large suction cup to position the body of the ShowerStick to keep it hanging straight.

KDF Shower Water Filter»

If you want to add a shower filter in-line with the ShowerStick so you’ll have both soft and filtered water, the KDF filter is a great option. It effectively removes 95-99% of chlorine and up to 98% of inorganic water-soluble heavy metals such as lead, mercury, nickel and chromium. It also controls the buildup of microorganisms such as bacteria, algae, fungi and mold and it reduces lime scale in showers and tubs. In addition, it works more effectively at higher water temperatures which makes it perfect for showers. Not only does it help to protect you from these contaminants but it also protects the ShowerStick’s softening resin to ensure it has a long lifespan. If however, your water doesn’t contain these contaminants or if you already have a whole-house water filtration system then you may not need to add the KDF filter.

Flow Control Valve $12.00»

This is a great option if you have VERY HARD WATER and want to extend the interval between regenerating. The FLOW CONTROL VALVE allows you to reduce the soft water flow to a trickle while lathering, shampooing and shaving. Then you can return to full flow for rinsing without affecting the water temperature. (Vertical = full flow; horizontal = water trickle.) This will extend the number of days between regenerating which will save water and reduce water heating costs.

Installation:

For written and VIDEO installation instructions for the ShowerStick and Optional Accessories: Click here»

Regeneration:

For written and VIDEO instructions regarding how often regeneration is needed and how to regenerate: Click here»