Does a Home Inspector Look at Water Softeners?

Water softeners are a pretty common item to run into during the course of a home inspection. In fact, in places with hard water such as the San Antonio and New Braunfels area, most new homes tend to be built with the plumbing for a water softener readily accessible.


What does a water softener do? In simple terms, a water softener removes calcium, magnesium, and a few other elements from the water that goes through your house in order to make the water feel better, use less soap to clean with, and reduce the amount of scale that builds up around faucets and fixtures. Most water softening systems use sodium chloride, or table salt to achieve the softening, but more modern “ion-exchange” resin beads are also being introduced, as well as physical reverse-osmosis systems.


Water softeners are outside the scope of a typical home inspection in the state of Texas, as they are functionally appliances. This means that when we come across a water softener in a home, we document its presence, take a look at any plumbing connections for evidence of prior or active leaks, and continue on with the inspection. We want you to know that you have a water softener, but the only people qualified to inspect water softeners are licensed plumbers and the technicians who specifically service them. You can reach these technicians by contacting a local water softener supplier, who will be happy to come out and inspect your system as well as make it operational if you so desire.

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