Does a home inspector check water treatment and filter systems?

Friday, May 1, 2020

Home inspectors are not required to check water treatment, conditioning, or filter systems. They are exluded from the Standards of Practice of both national home inspector associations, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) and American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), along with the State of Florida and many other states. But, an inspector has the option to include water treatment devices in the inspection if qualified to evaluate it. 

    Even if the exlusion of water treatment and filter systems is not stated directly in the home inspector’s contract agreement, one of the Standards of Practice mentioned above will be referenced as part of the contract agreement.

    Any problems with the plumbing pipes to a treatment system or the electrical service to it, however, are part of an inspection. Also, see our other blog posts What is the blue dumbbell-shaped tank at the well equipment? and What is the tank marked "potassium permanganate" in the water treatment system for?  and Is a high iron level in well water a health hazard? and Why would a well need to have a chlorinator/dechlorinator system?  

    A home inspector may also choose to limit the scope of the inspection to less than what is outlined in the standards—when agreed to by the homebuyer and specified in an inspection agreement. A four-point insurance inspection would be example of a limited inspection. 

    Click on any of the links below to read other articles about what is required to be included, or not, in a home inspection:

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Here’s links to some of our other blog posts about WELLS:

Does an abandoned well need to be capped or removed?

Does a homeowner need a permit to drill a water well on their property in Florida? 

How often should a well be disinfected? 

Should I test my well water for arsenic?

What is the danger of radon in well water? 

What size generator do I need to run my submersible well pump?

Why does my well pump turn on and off every time I use water?

• What is the required water testing for an FHA, VA, or USDA mortgage application? 

What are the pros and cons of steel versus PVC for well construction?

• What is the average life expectancy of a well? 

What is the average life expectancy of a well pump?

• Should I buy a house with a well? 

How far away does a well need to be from a septic system in Florida? 

• Does a home inspector check the well?

    Visit our WELLS page for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles.

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