If you have determined that you have hard water and need to install a softener as a solution, you’ve come to the right place. This article will outline a step by step explanation of how to install a water softener and explain the pros and cons of doing it yourself versus hiring a professional. Waterloo Region specifically has some unique water hardness challenges. Don't worry, however, these issues can be solved by installing a water softener. To learn more about how to install a water softener, read below. If you are concerned about running into issues, contact the knowledgeable and helpful professionals at WaterSmart today to have your softener installed for you.
"Purchased a water softener, price was reasonable, sales staff was very informative and not pushy. Install was quick and clean and he gave instructions on the unit. I would highly recommend Watersmart Systems."
- Rob Morgan
There are several different types of water softening systems that you can install in your home. Depending on your home, your pipes, and the location in which you intend to install your softener, the difficulty of the install can vary. We recommend that you hire a professional if you don’t have any plumbing experience. Jobs that involve pipes can be difficult and are something that you won’t want to tamper with if you aren’t sure what you’re doing.
However, if you are an avid DIY-er and have experience with plumbing and cutting pipes, you may want to tackle this yourself. Whole house softeners may require soldering pipes so be sure to read through the entire article before you begin your installation.
Location of the Water Softener
Another aspect of the install is where you are going to install your softener. If you are unsure where to place it then it is likely you should hire a professional instead of trying to do it all on your own. Because of the skill set required to make this kind of decision, it is often better to hire plumbers. If you are looking for plumbers to install your water softener contact the professionals at WaterSmart today.
If you do wish to proceed in installing your own, please read on and consult the video below.
Tools and Materials for Installation
2 compression fittings
Tubing or copper pipe
2 union fittings
PVC solvent or flux
Torch and solder
Steps to Installing a Water Softener
1. Read all the directions that came with your water softener before you began the installation.
2. Shut off the water to your house at the main line as well as your hot water. Drain your pipes by opening up the lowest valve in the house and letting the water run out. For the hot water, be sure to turn off the power leading to it.
3. Find the area along the main water line where you want to install the water softener. This needs to be before the line feeds into the hot water tank.
4. Cut into the main line using a pipe cutter. Afterwards, tighten the cutter onto the pipe, then rotate it around until the pipe is cut through. Please use safety precautions when doing this. Place a bucket under the location of the pipe cutting so that you catch any excess water.
5. Install an elbow fitting in the line. This will allow you to feed the filter and have a bypass valve in case you need to use water outside of the softener for some reason.
6. Measure the pipes that will lead to the bypass valve. Take measurements from the unit and cut the pipes to fit. Solder on fittings before you connect the pipe to the bypass valve.
7. Attach the pipes to the water softener using compression fittings, which should be supplied with the unit.
8. Clamp the hose to the unit, then feed it to where it will drain. Options include a floor drain, utility sink, or a sump pump. Ideally, the end of the hose will be at least two inches above the drain hole to prevent backflow of the water. Make sure the hose is securely clamped.
9. Connect the overflow tube to the brine tank. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for further instructions on this step.
10. Plug in the unit and set the valve to the backwash position. Open the valve very slowly to let water in while releasing any air in the pipes. Follow the instructions from the manufacturer for setting up the flushing schedule and adding salt to the tanks.
If you have a well you will need to consult the professionals at WaterSmart. There may be additional minerals that need filtering. Have your water tested to see if this is the case for you today!
Check out the video below for further step-by-step instructions:
Watersmart has been commended for their clean, professional, fast, and courteous installation process. The reviews speak for themselves:
“Installation was done by clean, professional and courteous technicians. They were on time, and took ownership and responsibility for their work. When an unexpected issue came up, the installer and Watersmart staff took control, took responsibility, acknowledged our inconvenience and worked quickly to resolve the issue not even related to their installation activity. Highly recommend Watersmart Systems. A great example of exceptional customer service.” - Rob K., Customer
“The installation was efficient and the gentlemen were very professional. I would highly recommend Watersmart to anybody looking for a great softener and great customer service.” - Leah, Customer
“Install was quick and clean and he gave instructions on the unit. I would highly recommend Watersmart Systems.” - Rob M., Customer
Consult a Professional
If you are uncomfortable doing it yourself, trust WaterSmart with your water softener installation. We have been in operation for over 20 years and have seen just about everything when it comes to water softener installations. Our team of experienced plumbers can get the job done. Simply give us a call or send us an email today, to book a free estimate to have it repaired or visit one of our locations today. We service the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and the surrounding areas.