Installing Water Softeners – Your Local Plumber
Water seems to be very peaceful and serene in the eyes of many people. Little do we know that there are two ‘kinds’ of household water: hard and soft. Hard water, when mixed with soap, actually retains soap residue, causing the sink to rust. Hard water can also cause dry hair, rough skin, begrimed clothes, as well as broken appliances. Soft water, on the other hand, when mixed with soap, ignites the soap’s ability to foam easily. This means that you don’t need a great amount of soap in washing your dishes and clothes, and reducing the amount of soap residue. But we need water softeners to do the job. It makes us wonder now how to install a water softener. Water softeners should be installed correctly in order for it to function the way it should. Here are some steps on how to install a water softener.
Finding the best spot
Before starting to install your water softeners, you have to prepare several things first. In addition, you have to find the perfect spot that will cause minimal disruptions to the household. It may be either outdoors or indoors, depending on your preference. Make sure though that you place it in a dry place and protect it from temperature changes. If you already have the best spot, turn off the electricity and water supply so you can start installing.
The second step on how to install a water softener is to make sure that you have your water softener installation manual.
Though the general steps are similar to others, some minor details still vary depending on the unit. Having the manual will place you in the “sure” mode. The distributor tube should first be inserted into the tank and flush. Put tape on both the open ends of the tube so the beads will not slip out.
Gravel and softener resin
Using a funnel, add the gravel into the tank when the water is ready. Add the softener resin and take off the tape that you placed on the open ends of the tube.
Connect the bypass valve to the control valves and make sure that they are screwed tightly to avoid problems. When the valve is in place, connect the softener to the valve and connect it to a tube that fits the tank.
Water and Salt
The next step on how to install a water softener is to place four gallons of water inside the tank. Add 40 pounds of salt, though some would prefer using potassium chloride. Once one of the two items are in, open the supply of water and see if the flow of water comes out of the drain.
The last step is to perform a backwash to check if there are leaks. If you think there are no more problems, the next thing to do is to enjoy your soft and clean water all through the house
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