Installing a water softener

Fitting a new water softener in a home should take between just three and four hours. Here, Harvey Water Softeners provides an overview of the installation process.

Installing domestic water softeners is a good way to make plumbing jobs more profitable. An additional source of revenue, they can also extend the life of your customers’ kitchen and bathroom appliances in hard water areas by preventing the build-up of limescale around the home.

Water softeners can be fitted in various places around the home. This will often be determined by the location of the incoming mains water stopcock. Existing cupboard space can affect the decision. In the step-by-step case here, the best choice is the corner cupboard rather than beneath the sink itself.

Start by turning the mains water off and draining down to complete all necessary pipework. This will ensure the water can be turned back on as quickly as possible and will keep inconvenience to a minimum.

Next, assemble the bypass set, then tighten up the bypass set before putting it into position.

Place the bypass set into position. Then measure and carry out alterations to pipework to accommodate the bypass set.

Prepare the pipework.

Fit the altered pipework into place.

In this case, a hard water feed has been incorporated alongside the bypass set for a drinking water supply, which some customers choose to have alongside a water softener. Now turn the mains back on.

Next job is to fit the water softener unit. In this case, the corner cupboard is the best spot.

If, as in this case, the softener will be fitted in a different place to the mains, you’ll need to feed the hoses beneath the kitchen units to come up into the cupboard housing the valves (making the necessary holes as required). Then fit the drain connection for the softener with air gap.

Head outside to make the hole for the overflow. Drill the hole from outside to in to avoid damaging the brick, and then fit the hose, cutting to desired length.

Fit the three-way tap. In this case, a standard tap was replaced with a three-way tap to allow for hard filtered drinking water.

At the customer handover you can explain all of the benefits that will come from their new water softener, including the reduction in the use of household products. If the water softener you’ve installed is non-electric then it won’t need any further maintenance from you once fitted. When it comes to salt consumption, customers should be advised to allow one salt block per household member per month.

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