Did you know that most of the plumbing damage comes from the hard water? Or how about this – did you also know that hard water damages the electrical appliances which use tap water?
Yes, that’s right, the plumbing system in your home gets full of lime scale over the years and sometimes all those layers cause irreparable damage and leaks. When it comes to the possible damage to your electrical appliances it can get pretty bad. You can count that you will have to send your washing machine for repairs once that hard water damages your heater. The damage is real for dish washing machines too. In fact, any appliance which uses tap water for running operation can break down due to lime scale accumulation.
Planning on Installing your water softener system? Check this out before you start
The easiest water softener systems for installation would be the magnetic water softeners. They are easy to attach and connect to your plumbing and will take little of your time to get them up and running.
In contrast, the more complex reverse osmosis systems require professionals to do the planning and installing for the whole house. Let’s go into detail on how you can install the easier water softeners.
Choosing the right spot for installation
After you acquired the water softener which you can install on your own, it is important to install it in right place. This is dependent on the type of the system you chose.
The general rule is that the water softener systems intended for the whole house should be installed on the spot where the water from the city pipe comes into your home. In most homes, this is a single pipe which is found just outside in your yard.
It is not recommended to install your system on pipes that are downstream from water heaters as this can melt them and cause internal damage. For the system based on reverse osmosis, there will have to be a drain near it. Drainage outlet is required for salt-based systems too. Magnetic systems can be installed anywhere in your house where you have access to exposed water pipes.
Installing Your Water Softener System on Your Own
First, a disclaimer before we go into details on how you can install your system on your own:
Do not attempt to tamper with your plumbing or electrical installation if you are not sure what you are doing! Call an expert professional to do all the necessary setup for you instead.
Every water softener system comes with an instruction manual supplied from the manufacturer. Inside the manual, you will find all the required installation steps as well as all the detailed specifications about your water softener and information regarding dimensions and sizes of its components.
Make sure you have all the necessary tools required for the job!
These include a tape measure, ipe wrench, various sized valves depending on your unit specification, compression fittings, various tubing, torch, PVC solvent, bucket and Teflon tape just in case. After you have all the required equipment start going step by step exactly how it is described in the manual. Read the instructions thoroughly and pay attention that you do not skip any steps!
Proceed to attach the elbow fitting to the spot you’ve severed from the main water pipe. You will attach the adapter that will feed the water softener with incoming water. After that is done, connect the pipe between the softener and the adapter using your compression fitting. If your water softener needs a drain output, make sure to attach the drain outlet pipe to your waste disposal opening. After these steps are complete – your unit will be ready for use and some heavy-duty water softening cycles.
For those that do not want to seriously tamper with their house plumbing, we suggest simple magnetic and reverse osmosis filters that are easy to install and require little effort to get them up and running. For those who are unsure of the steps we explained, please, call a professional and you will have a piece of mind that your water softening system is working as intended. Most of them will give you a warranty for their services and these are additional benefits and a proper quality assurance.