They're not legally required to, but should a landlord provide a water softener to their tenants? There are a few advantages to that approach on top of the general benefits of having a water softener in your dwelling - read on to learn more. For all your water softener needs, trust the experts at WaterSmart Systems & Plumbing. Since 1994, WaterSmart Systems has consistently offered its customers in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and the surrounding areas innovative, quality products and excellent service as a water softener and full plumbing service company. Contact us today!
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"My wife and I recently purchased a home that did not have a water softener since the house was built. One company advised us to use the plumbing stack for drainage because of the location of the main water pipe, this was understandable. However, Watersmart advised us with a better alternative. Since they were licensed plumbers, they were able to find a location to cut some water pipes, and install the water softener near our laundry drain. They are very skilled professionals, and have great customer service. We also bought a reverse osmosis from them. They gave us detailed instructions on how to operate the softener and reverse osmosis. I would recommend these guys. Thank you Watersmart." - William
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Should Your Landlord Provide A Water Softener?
According to the Canada Rental Guide, tenants have the right to expect working plumbing and hot and cold running water in their dwellings. There's nothing in there about water softeners, but it's beneficial to both parties for the landlord to install one if necessary.
1. Less maintenance on appliances and pipes
Hard water contains high levels of magnesium and calcium. Over time, and if left untreated, it damages appliances by leaving behind a scaly buildup of those minerals on the insides, thus decreasing their lifespans and reducing efficiency.
By installing a water softener, landlords will put less stress on the appliances. This will convert to fewer repairs and replacement costs, saving hard earned money over time.
Additionally, that build up can weaken water pressure as the limescale buildup develops in the pipes.
For a quick fix, here's how to get rid of the buildup. A water softener is the way to go in the long run, however.
Landlords can extend the life of appliances by installing a water softener.
2. Make life easier for tenants
Hard water can be a real nuisance around the home. Apart from affecting the inside of your appliances, you may also notice a film forming on your dishes and residue left behind on bathroom faucets and fixtures. Some people notice that hard water makes their laundry feel stiff and look less vibrant, and also complain that soaps and shampoos make less lather if used with hard water.
Hard water is safe to drink, but it can exacerbate eczema and cause other skin irritations or a dry scalp. On top of that, an increased intake of magnesium may cause a negative change in bowel habits, namely diarrhea, and drinking-water in which both magnesium and sulphate are present in high concentrations (~250 mg/l each) can have a laxative effect.
Let's be honest: nobody wants that.
A water softener reduces issues with your dishes, clothes, and skin that are caused by hard water.
3. Reduce monthly energy bills
As mentioned above, any appliance that uses water - from your coffee pot to your dishwasher - functions more efficiently with soft water. There is no limescale interfering with transferring heat or clogging pipes, and you won't have to worry about using more water than necessary to clean dishes and clothes. This not only translates into less hassle on a day-to-day basis but also leads to significant savings on monthly bills.
A water heater, for example, will use 22%-29% less energy over a year if it uses soft water. This is because 1/16-inch of scale on a pipe reduces energy transfer by 12%. The average home uses a lot of hot water every day, so your water heater is a big part of your energy bill. Making your appliances more efficient can save you a ton of money.
With a water softener, you are able to get so much more out of your water, so you won’t need to use as much. All of the above makes the living space more appealing to tenants, makes life easier for landlords, and proves a water softener is a worthwhile investment for rental properties. Talk about a win-win!
Making appliances more efficient with a water softener can save you a ton of money.
Need a water softener? Trust WaterSmart Systems & Plumbing
As we have seen, the answer to "should a landlord provide a water softener" is a resounding "yes." When it comes time to make a purchase, trust the experts at WaterSmart Systems & Plumbing.
WaterSmart is a locally run business and all of our customers are important to us - we always treat them like family. If you decide to purchase a water softener from us, we promise to give you the best service possible, just like we would with our own family.
Our water softeners and filters extend the lifespan of household appliances and prevent unsightly staining. They reduce the use of soap and cleaning products, which will save you money and create less waste and pollution.
We know not all water is the same, and that's why our trained personnel can test your home's water to identify the right product(s) for you. Regardless of your water conditions, WaterSmart Systems offers the best solution.
Our factory-trained professionals are all fully insured so you can be sure that they know how to install and set-up your new water softener so that it performs at the highest level possible. They will also take the time to show you how it works and answer any questions that you may have. Don't forget - Basic installation is FREE with the purchase of any new WaterSmart water softener!
Contact WaterSmart online, give us a call, or visit our Waterloo location to talk to someone in person about setting up a water softener.