A water softener is a handy new appliance that will improve the water quality in your home, but it’s probably not a piece of equipment that you will want to show off. In most cases, a water softener is placed in the garage or basement; areas well away from the living spaces. If a home doesn’t have a basement, the next best option is next to the water heater. These locations will not spotlight your investment, but there are good reasons for that. Here are three tips to make room for your new water softener.

  1. Location is Key

When you’re scouting for your water softener’s ideal location, it’s vital that it’s situated next to the main water line. This will ensure that all the water used daily by the household is directed towards the water softener for treatment before it can flow into your pipes, showerhead, and faucets. Be sure to bear in mind that softened water is not a great option for outdoor use and the water softener needs to be connected at a point where it won’t be plumbed externally.

  1. A Nearby Drain

The water softener will also need to be located near a drain. This will be necessary to dispose of the brine solution at the completion of the regeneration cycle. The regeneration process is needed to wash the resin beads with a concentrated brine solution. The resin beads act almost like a sponge to absorb all the minerals that can cause water hardness. Over time, the resin beads will become less effective, and they need to be cleaned thoroughly. Once the regeneration cycle has been completed, the resin beads will be able to soften the water effectively again.

  1. Other Important Considerations

The chosen location should be dry, level and located near an outlet so that the water softener can be supplied with power.

Locate the water softener inside where the temperatures do not drop below freezing and install the drain line to a floor drain, laundry tub, sump, standpipe or other options (check local codes) inside that are not subject to freeze. Also, do not install the water softener where it could block access to the water heater or main shut-off valve.

As you can see, where you locate your water softener is an important decision, and it can be tricky to get right if you don’t have much plumbing experience. A water softener is a great way to remove minerals that harden the water and make it harder to use in your home. This also represents a significant investment, and you need to get the best possible water softening performance for your money. There are many manufacturers and models to choose from, and a local water treatment professional can help you make the ideal choice. They will understand your local water issues, and they can install the right water treatment systems to suit your needs.

By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.