A modern water softener is very effective at removing water hardening minerals from your water supply, but they are not designed to be attractive. For this reason, most homeowners install their water softeners in out of the way places, such as the basement or the garage. If the home doesn’t have a basement or garage, the next best place is next to the water heater. While home aesthetics are important, the visual appeal of the water softener is not the most important factor.  There a number of things that you need to consider when choosing the right location and we will explore those here.

Access to the Main Water Line

It may seem obvious, but to treat all the water coming into your home, the water softener must be located near the main water line. This will provide ready access to the line, and this will make it easier for the water softener to do its job efficiently. It’s important to remember that soft water is not good for watering plants, and it should not be connected to any external plumbing fixtures.

The Available Space

The size of space that you need will depend on the size of water softener that you would like to install. An average sized water softener system could be 3 feet wide, 1½ feet deep and as high as 6 feet. But, you also need to make sure that there is adequate space to get around the system for maintenance, cleaning, and repairs. A water softener storage area is also needed on certain systems, and this should be located in the vicinity. After all, a water softener salt bag can weigh 40lbs; you could use 30 bags each year and lugging them to the water softener will get old fast.

Access to the Drain

A typical water softener has a resin bed where the exchanged hard water mineral ions stary until they can be flushed away during the next regeneration cycle. The water softener salt that you add to the system creates a brine solution to wash the resin bead clean. This will make them ready to remove more mineral ions from your water supply. This dirty concentrated brine water needs to be flushed away, and this is why you need ready access to a drain.

The Water Heater

There have to be at least 10 feet of pipe between the water softener and the water heater. This will prevent the hot water from migrating back into your water softener when a regeneration cycle is performed. If hot water gets into your water softener, it can cause a great deal of damage to the components and pipes inside the system. This could lead to an expensive repair or even an entire water softener replacement in extreme cases.

General Location Considerations

The water softener location should be level, dry, and near a suitable power outlet to supply power to the system. Finding the ideal location for your new water softener can be tricky, and it’s easy to make a mistake. If you’re not too sure how to proceed, consult a local water treatment professional for expert help and advice.

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