Home Inspection in Pottstown reveals Hard Water Issues

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Home Inspection in Pottstown reveals Hard Water Issues

 

home inspection in pottstown reveals hard water issuesI was at a home inspection in Pottstown last week for James, a homeowner that was getting ready to sell his home that he bought 18 years ago as a new construction. 

 

Jim has maintained his home quite well over the years but had a reoccuring issue he wanted my opinion on.  He said that he has had to replace his water heater every 4 to 5 years when he knows they should last longer.

 

A gas water heater lasts around 10 years and an electric water heater is around 15 years.

 I suspected this homeowner was having hard water issues in the home.  

 

I could see limescale on a number of his fixtures and recommended to have  his water tested.  

 

It's inexpensive to test.  I told him to check with the local Home Depot as I heard they give out free water test kits. 

 

Hard water is a water which has a high mineral content.  Two of the minerals that are particularly problematic are calcium and magnesium.  These minerals bind together to form scales (mineral deposits) which are difficult to remove. Scale sticks to the interior of pipes, household appliances, and other surfaces.    

 

A lot of homeowners don't realize how rough hard water is on appliances, particularly dishwashers, water heaters and washing machines.  Once the loose minerals start clinging to the internal parts of these appliances, they being to falter and eventually fail.  Hot water makes the minerals leach out of the hard water more quickly.  The mineral deposits can coat the heating element in the water heater and make it less effective, driving up the power bill until it's finally rendered useless and has to be replaced.  

 

But no worries!!!  If you have hard water, you can install a water softener which will remove calcium and magnesium so the water no longer damageing fixtures and appliances. 

 

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 David Artigliere is the owner of ARTI Home Inspections LLC and has been performing home inspections in Pottstown, Royersford, Phoenixville and surrounding areas for over 15 years.  

Call us at (610)220-1907 to schedule your next home inspection!

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david the home inspectorDavid Artigliere, owner of ARTI Home Inspections LLC, is a home inspector in Pottstown, Reading, Norristown, Royersford and surrounding areas. 

He is available 7 days a week and can be reached at 610-220-1907.

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Noah Seidenberg
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This is very interesting information David. I enjoy hearing inspection related tips, I always learn something.

Feb 28, 2016 06:06 AM #1
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David Artigliere
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Thanks for reading, Noah!  Glad I could bring you some useful information.

Feb 28, 2016 06:20 AM #2
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
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Hi David, I have seen this happen time and time again. Seeing those appliances wear out that fast is an indicator there is a problem.

Feb 28, 2016 06:28 AM #3
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David Artigliere
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Hi Debbie,

Yes and I'm surprised this homeowner's plumber didn't explain this years ago.. could have saved him some money and headaches!

Feb 28, 2016 06:33 AM #4
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Joe Petrowsky
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Good morning David. This is definitely a pretty common problem and not usually discovered unless testing has been done.

Feb 28, 2016 11:08 PM #5
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Robert Bob Gilbert
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David, Hard water is tough on the whole house especially water heaters. 

 

The ship in the bottle from my London post was in Greenwich and not London itself at the National Maritime Museum.

Feb 29, 2016 02:50 AM #6
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David Artigliere
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Hi Bob,  thanks for reading!  And now I know why didn't see the ship in the bottle in London! haha.

 

Feb 29, 2016 03:07 AM #7
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Hello David ... interesting post and the hard water in Las Vegas is brutal ;o/

Feb 29, 2016 12:37 PM #8
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Hey Vegas Bob,

hard water or hard to come by?! ha!

Feb 29, 2016 12:49 PM #9
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This is great information to share with home owners and prospective home buyers.

Mar 01, 2016 11:46 PM #10
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David Artigliere
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Thanks Roy!  I appreciate the re-blog on this one!

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Thanks for the detailed post about hard water David Artigliere 

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