If the water being supplied to your home is hard water, you need to get it softened as it often leads to non-potable drinking water and can be harsh on different appliances. It also leads to scale buildup in pipes and water connections that can lead to low water pressure and other problems. Hence, most homes in areas of hard water supply have water softener systems installed. These units can have different functions but each of them primarily help in reducing or eliminating scale buildup as well as reduce contaminants from water.
When you have an existing water line to which you need to get a water softener system attached, the options are several such as:
Usually cold water lines are branched off from outdoor faucets and run through the water softening system that is installed. You might get the softener unit installer to make the changes in the plumbing as required to complete the setup and get the softener operational. Alternatively, if you purchase the unit without installation support offered, you could either do it yourself or seek help from A Better Plumber.
Usually the cold water branch to the water softener is not the only change you need to do to the existing plumbing lines. You need to check which cold water line needs to go to the softener system, as not all water line connections like the one to the sink or to the refrigerator ice maker will not need softened water. Nor is this a requirement of the water line to the lawns and gardens.
Usually the main supply line will continue to the softener. The lines moving out from the softener will supply to faucets and fixtures inside the house as well as feed water to water heaters. You would also want to have a bypass loop with a valve. This comes of use if you wish to bypass the softener and disconnect it. This is often a requirement when you need to repair or service the softener and need to take it down. The bypass loop prevents the main water supply lines from being disturbed in such cases.
Get expert help from your plumber
Even if the softener unit manufacturer does not provide installation support, there is no need to worry. A Better Plumber has technicians who are experienced in placing a water softener unit and understand how to make the connections. You can provide your own input in case you want certain connections to be bypassed. With an expert plumber the lines would be redirected and the water softener working in no time. You could also ask the plumber to come in and make changes as required, such as when you need to change the salt or resin inside the softener unit or get it serviced.
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