Treating the water in your home can be difficult, especially if you have a well or a cistern. There is an abundance of information on the Internet all around us that can be overwhelming. To enhance your buying experience we have assessed the top 5 things to look for when choosing the RIGHT Water Treatment Professional.
- How long has the company been in business in your community?
Experience goes a long way. The longer a company has been doing business in your area, the more informed they are with they common water treatment issues facing the community. They have had much experience in dealing with water concerns and finding solutions for problem water. They can provide EXPERT advice. Due to the low barriers to entry in the water treatment industry, it is easy for new company’s to start up a water business without the proper training and knowledge. There have been many water treatment companies that come and go leaving the consumer to alternatives to service the equipment . Look for a stable company that will still be there the service your water equipment and the warranty 10 years from now.
- Beware of LIFETIME warranties.
Companies that offer a lifetime warranty on their equipment usually ask for large upfront prices to cover such a warranty. The consumer ends up paying almost double the fair market price in order to receive the longer warranty. This is unnecessary. Most items come with a 1- 5 year manufacturer warranty and many water treatment companies offer FREE extended warranty’s as long as the unit is serviced regularly by a trained technician. Also, read the fine print. Most warranty’s are non-transferrable if you sell you house and they require costly maintenance to be performed by them in order to honour the warranty. Another concern is if the company goes out of business or moves to another city. Who will honour this warranty?
- Are they registered with an Industry Association such as Canadian Water Quality Association (CWQA) ?
A reputable water treatment company SHOULD be registered with an industry association. This means they receive valuable updates on new products to serve their customers better. They also have at their fingertips information about current water trends and water industry updates, such as accurate and reliable information on BPA in water bottles. They are also privy to specialized training courses such as water analysis, installations and service courses. This accreditation is important and verities that you are dealing with professionals.
- Are the Staff Trained Experts in the Industry- Are they Knowledgeable ?
Having technicians on staff that are trained is important in receiving the right treatment for your water situation. They will be able to assist you in choosing a water system that fits your needs and your budget. When you require service on your system in the future it will be helpful to have trained staff available at 7 days a week.
- Integrity Pricing
When shopping around the “cheapest” is not always the best, nor is the most expensive. Look for prices that reflect a fair market value. Get three quotes and compare apples to apples. There may be a number of different options available to solve your water problem.