Living with hard water issues can be constant struggle. Fortunately, the struggle can be put to rest by installing a high-quality water softener. If you decide to install your water softener on your own, here are a few tips to keep in mind throughout the installation process.
Choose Your Installation Location Wisely
Knowing where to install your water softener is crucial for reliable and efficient operation. Installing your water softener in a sufficiently sheltered location away from your living areas but close to your water heater is recommended.
Here are a few other tips you should remember as you find a suitable place for your water softener:
- Make sure it's located close to the main water line, so all of your indoor water is treated before flowing throughout your home.
- You should also make sure your water softener is located close to a suitable drain.
- To prevent hot water from migrating into the water softener during regeneration, keep the hot water heater and water softener separated by at least 10 feet of piping.
- Avoid connecting outside faucets to the water softener, since softened water isn't suitable for watering plants and other outdoor tasks.
The vast majority of water softeners are designed to be installed indoors. If you need to install one outside, however, make sure it's shielded from direct sunlight, rain, and cold temperatures.
Have Plenty of Flexible Connectors on Hand
It's not unusual to run into mating issues as you connect your water softener to your home's existing plumbing. For starters, height differences between your existing pipes and the water softener inlet and outlet may complicate the installation process to a degree. Creating the necessary hard plumbing connections also requires soldering, a skill that many homeowners are not familiar with.
These issues can be mitigated by using stainless steel flexible connectors. Flexible connectors can easily accommodate connections in tight areas, as well as connections of different heights. Most stainless steel flexible connectors use 3/4-inch MIP connectors, eliminating the need for soldering.
Don't Go Without a Backflow Preventer
Preventing contamination is especially important when installing and using your water softener. Attaching a backflow preventer to your drain line will prevent wastewater from migrating backwards into your water softener. Without a backflow preventer, it's possible for your water softener to spread contaminated water throughout your entire home. For more information, talk to a professional like Anderson Water Systems in your area.