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Old 2/10/13, 1:23 PM
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Basic functions Mike. Comparable to a HVAC... limited, which is a heck of a lot more than most clients get now.
Sorry, but it won't tell you anything useful for your client IMHO.

It can take an hour or more just to do a quick cycle and some of the control systems are very complicated.

You can learn how they operate but using that info for a home inspection seems to be of little value.

My best advice remains to contact the tech for the equipment in place.

It is unlikely to be set up for proper salt usage and regeneration needs of the next family that buys the home.

The older the unit the more important the set up is.

Newer units have ways to keep track of the amount of water that goes through the unit and can command a regen cycle but older ones do not.

I don't want to discourage anyone learning but it is unlikely you will be able to do your client any good.



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Old 2/10/13, 3:20 PM
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A water softener can run thru its mechanical cycle and still not be working properly, if the resin in the tank is past its life span it will not soften the water. The only way to test if it is working properly is to test the water for hardness. Also newer models can also eliminate iron as well so you have to look up the manufacturer and model number to see what its function is.
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Old 2/10/13, 3:23 PM
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If any one needs info on water softeners and UV lights and backwash filters i will be glad to help as i own a water treatment company.
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Old 2/11/13, 5:33 AM
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On it.
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Old 2/11/13, 6:09 AM
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I agree 100% with Michael on this. I too used to work on 'em, rebed 'em, install 'em, etc.
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Old 2/11/13, 7:08 AM
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you can manually cycle them and I have actually found some that leak at time of cycle only.
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Old 2/11/13, 7:26 AM
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Just like HVAC that so many like to say they "Inspect"...

You don't have to know everything about it's design and operation, but it would be nice to know what your looking at and how it should be maintained by the client.

Hopefully we won't get a bunch of "Certified Water Softener Inspectors" evolve from it!
But I'm probably dreaming, right?!

I would like to know more about the device connected to the water supply and what happens if it is just left there to rot, and why so many are piped directly into the sewer sanitary drain all the time.



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Old 2/11/13, 7:29 AM
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Good idea .



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Old 2/11/13, 8:38 AM
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I agree 100% with Michael on this. I too used to work on 'em, rebed 'em, install 'em, etc.
Great, then contribute to the course.





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Old 2/11/13, 8:40 AM
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Just like HVAC that so many like to say they "Inspect"...

You don't have to know everything about it's design and operation, but it would be nice to know what your looking at and how it should be maintained by the client.

Hopefully we won't get a bunch of "Certified Water Softener Inspectors" evolve from it!
But I'm probably dreaming, right?!

I would like to know more about the device connected to the water supply and what happens if it is just left there to rot, and why so many are piped directly into the sewer sanitary drain all the time.

Took the words out of my mouth. I dont use gauges on hvac, but I better know how the things are installed.

Thanks Nick and Ben!
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