Property Maintenance Management and Hard Water

Property Maintenance Management and Hard Water

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Property manager and landlords should know this: Hard water can affect a lot of things in your units. For starters, there’s your dishwasher, washing machine, and any other appliances you own using water as a main operational resource. But then there’s also your tenant’s ability to take a proper shower. You don’t want any angry phone calls because the water makes it impossible for soap to lather. Yikes.

Hard water can cause everything from stained porcelain to hair damage. Your water heater can also become up to 60% less efficient if you have a hard water issue. Other appliances, such as your washing machine can have their lifetime shortened by 30%. This is an issue worth fixing, and current property maintenance management will be a good investment for the future.

To determine for certain if your units deal with hard water, you can send a sample out for testing. The city water supplier can also tell you the mineral content. They will check the amount of certain minerals in the water, and if the proportions are way out of whack, you should take action.

If you have hard water and want to protect your appliances, you can use a magnetic treatment to siphon the minerals out of the water. If the water is only moderately out of correct proportion, you can buy a more low-cost water softener, costing from $300-1200. These will need to be calibrated based on the water usage of the household, and they use salt to soften the water. The salt amount will need to be checked to make sure its always full, and to get the best results, certain types of salt are ideal. Check based on the system you’re employing.

There are also water conditioners, some that operate regularly and others that operate as needed with computer controls. Because some systems can change the sodium content of water while they fix the hard water problem, be sure to find out if your system would do this and if your tenant has any health concerns as they relate to sodium intake.