Hard water leaves your dishes with spots, causes your pipes to clog and your clothes to stiffen. So, when you want to fix hard water in your home, you’ll need a solution that offers long-lasting, yet affordable water softening. The easiest way to achieve this is to install a water softener in your home.
But, you probably don’t know how to install a water softener on your own.
I’m here to walk you through the process of installing a water softener on your own without having to pay a contractor.
Choose Your System’s Location
You’ve chosen the perfect water softener, and now it’s time to choose where you’ll install the software. You’ll want to choose space that has the following characteristics:
- Level ground
- Not in direct sunlight
You also need a space that has enough room for two tanks. Dual tank systems are the most common water softeners, and the most efficient. These water softeners also need to be in a location that never gets below freezing temperatures to ensure your water and pipes flow freely. Your location will also need a drain for extra water discharge, and must be close to your main water line.
Most homeowners will install a softener in their basement.
Installing the Bypass Valve
Now that you’ve chosen your location it’s time to install your bypass valve. You’ll start by shutting off the waterline and turning the power off for your water heater. Once this is done, you’ll want to turn on all of your faucets to drain the lines in your house.
The goal of the bypass valve is to be able to shut off the water flow to the water softener.
Locate the valve on your water softener system and connect it to the pipes that will be running into the water heater.
Connect Your Water Supply
I recommend using a flexible line to connect your water, but you can also use a hard pipe. The pipe is used so that you don’t have to cut the copper water line. Attach your pipe or flexible line to the water supply line and then to the back of your water softener.
Note: If you install a flexible line, make sure that you have the appropriate adapters needed to install the line to the water supply.
You also want to make sure that the pipe is connected to the inlet.
Water will need to be trained during the regeneration cycle, so you must have drainage from your system. Drainage can be anything from a standpipe to utility sink, or the optimal solution is a floor drain. However, not all homes will have a floor drain in place, making this an impractical solution for some homeowners.
Examining the water softener, you’ll find a valve drain fitting wheel connect tubing for the drainage process. You’ll need to connect the drain elbow to the drain hose. You’ll also need to ensure that the air gap is placed above the drain pipe.
At this point, you’ll also want to consult with your instruction manual. While this is a basic installation process, every water softener is a little different, so you’ll need to ensure that the installation process coincides with your manual.
Under normal circumstances, you’ll now be ready to start your system and initiate the regeneration cycle.
Don’t forget to turn your water line back on after installation.