What is a Home Inspector Looking for in Water Softeners?

What is a Home Inspector Looking for in Water Softeners?

Whether you’re purchasing a new home or considering listing your property, water quality is likely to be a major consideration. When a home is equipped with a water softener, a home inspector will be checking a few things and looking out for certain things.

Signs of Neglect

One of the biggest things that attracts the attention of a home inspector is signs of neglect. Water softeners are typically maintained by the homeowner, and if this has been neglected, it can lead to breakdowns and other issues. If a softener has been badly neglected, the equipment lifespan may have been compromised and could require replacement.

Proper Installation

When your softener is installed, the installation process should include a complete screening of plumbing quality, maintenance, and repairs before it’s even turned on. It is vital that the pipes are free of clogs and corrosion and that checks are performed for any major breakage. It is also important that proper insulation has been installed before the softener is in place. All aspects of your water system should be investigated so that any maintenance issues can be diagnosed. Most home inspectors will also inspect the gas lines connecting your water heater. 

The Importance of a Great Water Softener

A great water softener is not only attractive to potential home buyers, but is also beneficial for the home. Hard water is a massive problem throughout the U.S, and it can lead to some serious issues for homeowners. Hard water contains excessive amounts of calcium and magnesium that contribute to scale build up. This scale accumulates inside pipes, plumbing fixtures and water using appliances. The scale restricts water flow and thereby increases water pressure throughout the system. Additionally, as scale accumulates inside water using appliances, impacting efficiency and performance. Eventually, this increased strain compromises appliance lifespan. So, a home inspector finds that a water softener has not been adequately maintained, it could indicate that the plumbing fixtures, water heater and any other water using appliances may have been adversely affected.

This means that if you are planning on selling your home, it is vital that your water softener is in great condition. Any potential buyer will have a home inspection performed to check that all aspects of the property are in excellent condition, including your water softener. So, ensure that your servicing and maintenance is up to date and that your water softener is in great shape for your home buyer.

Getting Professional Help

If you’re unsure about whether your water softener would benefit from a little care and maintenance, it is a good idea to call in some professional help. Every home system is different and can experience different problems. This means that it can be difficult for an amateur to detect any issues. An experienced water treatment specialist can assess your system and perform any necessary maintenance or repairs to ensure that it is operating efficiently. The technician will also take the opportunity to perform preventative maintenance to reduce the risk of breakdown and ensure that everyone in your home can enjoy great quality water.

By Mark Williams (NicMar President Mark Williams holds degrees in Applied Science and Industrial Thermodynamics, along with Agricultural Mechanization and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University.  He also holds the highest possible industry ranking, being WQA (Water Quality Association) LEVEL 6 Certified

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