As a general rule it s best to place a water softener at. Catch any water that comes out of the pipe in a bucket.
If you re installing a whole home system you re going to want to place the softener as close to the entry point for water in your home.
How to plumb a water softener loop. Cut into the main line using a pipe cutter. A water softener loop is used to provide easy access to the plumbing system of a house. Locate the area along the main line where you want to install the water softener.
Keep in mind this needs to be before the line feeds into the hot water heater. A hot water loop keeps heated water close to the faucet at all times by circulating cooled water back to the water heater to be reheated. This allows plumbers to access the water line.
Water for gardens and lawns doesn t need to be softened. Meaning that you don t have to dump gallons of water down the drain waiting for the water to warm up. To add a softener loop or plumb a softener in a ranch style home on a slab one would locate where the water service enters the house and then dig it out interrupt it plumb it to an easy entry.
Once the water leaves the softener it should branch into two lines. Plumb the water softener in the vast majority of water softeners will come with a bypass valve that you must attach to the unit. A cold line that runs to interior fixtures and faucets and a line that feeds the water heater.
The main supply line to the rest of the house continues on to the softener. A section of pipe exits the wall and is exposed. The outgoing line from the water heater then.
On the other hand if you have a general understanding of how to plumb a water softener you can quickly identify the most effective location. Learn three basics ways to create a hot water loop. For softening a home s entire water supply install the softener before the water heater this helps reduce sediment buildup in the water heater too.
This old house plumbing and heating expert richard trethewey and water quality specialist doug oberhamer show how to soften mineral rich hard water. Tighten the cutter onto the pipe then rotate it around until the pipe is cut through.