Questions tagged [water-softener]

For questions regarding the installation and maintenance of devices that remove "hardness" from mains water and thus prevent the formation of limescale.

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How should I run drain line from water softner to sewer cleanout -- located outside?

I need to run a drain line from a water softner to a sewer cleanout. The water softner and cleanout are located outside and right next to each other. The builder designed it so a water softner could ...
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Do template assisted crystalization water conditioning devices work?

Does anyone have experience with a template assisted crystalization (TAC) water conditioning device, for preventing limescale deposits?
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Anticipated water pressure drop in the water softener circuit, please advise

My existing water softener system consists of the following: Pressure tank -> Culligan Whole house filter (R50) -> Iron Filter -> Softener -> main line to the house There is an RO after ...
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How to insert water softener drain pipe

I'm installing water softener in my garage .. there are two drain pipes already there, which one to use and how to open these? Any pointers on these?
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Sludge filling the bottom of Kenmore Water Softener

Kenmore UltraSoft 425 The water softener tank was filled to the top with water. I cleaned the Venturi and put it back on. I jiggled the float valve and ran the recharge. I came back, and it was empty ...
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Can I improve this water softener installation?

I recently DIY-installed this water softener in my home (see picture,) but I don't particularly like what I had to do to get it installed. The 18" corrugated stainless bendy lines each have 1 ...
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Drain line for water softener into clean out

House is in southern California and was built in the 1950s with cast iron drain pipes. I'll be installing a water softener and back flushing carbon filter on the patio in the near future. I am trying ...
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How can we get mostly soft water from our water softener?

We recently had a Sentry II 960 series water softener installed, and we're not liking the soft water. It makes the tubs and showers dangerously slippery, and some family members just don't like the ...
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Water softener works, but water is still hard

I have a Culligan water softener, which also includes the brine tank. There's sufficient salt in the tank, and the softener regenerates regularly as has been programmed, however the water is still ...
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Kenmore Coldspot 106 Refrigerator Water Dispenser Slow After 2 months with softener. Repair, replace?

We have a Kenmore Coldspot 106 refrigerator that has a water dispenser. The refrigerator came with our current place. It was working fine for about 9-12 months. Then we installed a whole home water ...
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Water Softener Regeneration Interval for Maximum Efficiency

I have a post-fill water softener with a capacity of 60,000 grains. My water hardness is 55 grains per gallon, so my total filtration capacity between regenerations is roughly 1100 gallons. My unit ...
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Are BWT brand water softeners "auto"?

I'm planning to buy a water softener (I'm UK based). From what I understand there are two broad types; "Electric/timer driven" and "Non-electric/automatic", the main difference ...
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Why does my water have a weird smell and taste after installing a new water softener?

Softener was installed per the installation manual. Bleach was used to sanitize the unit, per the manual. Added salt to the unit and ran a regeneration and everything seemed to work as it should. ...
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water softener install - outdoor @ city water intake

Moved into a 1950s home with galvanized pipes and 20+gpg hard water. Doing renovations and hard water is beating up everything new, so I want to install a water softener resin+brine tank like the ...
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Installed a water softener, but only getting soft water on the first floor

I live in a three-story townhome. I installed a salt-based water softener, but I only get super-cloudy and slippery water (with hardness reading zero) on the first floor. The first floor is pretty ...
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Connecting water system drain line to sewer

I’m replacing my water filtering and softener system. The only drain we have in the basement is connected to the sewer pipe. The drain line for the old system are T’ed together and connected to the ...
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Why are water softeners a domestic installation?

I live in a south England region with very hard water, and some years ago I bought a water softener, which has made a big difference by eliminating scale buildup around plugholes etc. However, these ...
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How to find a drain line for water softener installation?

I'm looking to replace "Nuvo Home" with a Aquasure salt-based water softener (Harmony Series 48,000 Grains). Installation process seems to be straightforward, but I'm not sure where the ...
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Water softener - preplumb includes drain?

I'm planning to install a water softener but there is no drain, just the water pipe loop to cut into and connect up with. The plans for the house say "water softener preplumb for" - does ...
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Identifying existing water softener connections

My friend is installing a water softener in the house where the softener of unknown brand was previously installed. The existing connection consists of some sort of clip coupling with double o-rings, ...
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Water softener - safe to discharge into septic?

Is it okay to connect a water softener discharge so it goes to the regular drain which feeds to a septic system, or may it cause harm or impair the system? It seems like online there are articles ...
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Well - Water - Plumbing, Setup advice

We have a well system in our home, which is multi-story (basement and 2 floors), and I am looking to optimize the setup of the system to make it more efficient. As you can tell from the photo whoever ...
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Trying to Consolidate Two Water Lines + Tie In a Softener

I'm trying to determine the best way to simplify a mess I've inherited. I've included an extremely rudimentary (and not to scale) sketch for reference. If you're wondering how it arrived at this ...
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P trap won't drain from water softener

I installed a water softener in a house we just moved into. I did a manual regen to test everything and nothing or at least very little drains past the P Trap and is pouring into the crawl space. I ...
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house well pumps and softener system inside or outside workshop

I'm in the initial phase of laying out my 14x32 workshop and I need advice on whether to put the water treatment system and well pump outside or inside the workshop space. Here's what i currently have ...
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Can a water softener be installed after a thermal expansion tank? [duplicate]

Our thermal expansion tank is installed after the meter and feeds into the house and hot water heater. It seems like it should have been installed immediately prior to the water heater... Can I ...
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Can i reuse a water string filter with a backflush and vinegar flush

Water here is very hard. String filter is caked up after 3 weeks. Thinking backflush and wash with vinegar, reuse one time. The new filters are 4.5 inch and at replacing every 3 weeks, thats going ...
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How can I install a water softener in my basement with no floor drain?

Drain lines for house are in the joists in the ceiling in basement. I could route the softener drain into the sump pump temporarily, but thats not really optimal. I understand the need an air gap for ...
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GE Water Softener: Can it function without the outflow turbine that monitors water flow going out?

I just replaced the resin in my water softener which went find and dandy, but while reassembling the unit to the plumbing (in-flow / out-flow), I accidentally put the water flow turbine in backwards ...
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Soundproofing around water softener

I'm trying to come up with options for soundproofing around our water softener (and the mechanicals that go alongside it - not including water heater). Currently when it goes through it's regen cycle, ...
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How to determine the correct hardness setting for Water-Right Sanitizer Plus Softener

We have a Water-Right Impression Series Sanitizer Plus Softener, and our water has been "just right" for a number of years, up until about three weeks ago. Around that time the water went ...
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How to Turn Off Water Softener Recharge Schedule

I have a GE GXSF40H water softener in use at my cottage. It automatically recharges overnight. I want to prevent it from doing that (and just use the manual recharge feature) as we're typically ...
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Brown foamy water in GE softener

I just cleaned my GE softener tank and put in 3 bags of salt pellets and added 3 gallons of water. Next morning I take a look and saw a lot of foammy water and a brownish mix. No salt pellets visible. ...
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How worried should I be about mold/mildew in my water softener tank?

My wife and I moved into a home that had been rented for a while. Looks like lots of maintenance has been deferred to us, including the water softening system. We noticed some mold in the tank during ...
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Running out of soft water and confused by softener settings

Problem I notice my water softener running at night occasionally, and the next day I have nice soft water. But, within a few days, it seems to run out -- soap barely lathers, and my skin feels very ...
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Is DIY water softener feasible with my house layout?

I'm planning to finally deal with the hard water in my home. Before I get a plumber involved, I wanted to check if I could DIY the installation, so here I am. The water main pipes and valves are ...
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blue green water after softener installation

I recently installed a water softener. We have SUPER hard water and it's now within a normal range. When the softener recharges the water is super fizzy and has a light blue/green tint. After a few ...
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Draining water from an upward drain

My house has a strange bit of plumbing. It's a house flipped by a contractor. It's plumbed for soft water, but there's no sewer near the closet where the plumbing is, and soft water units need a ...
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RO System Install

We just bought a home with a well and we are concerned about the drinking water quality. We had the water tested and the hard water has too many dissolved solids according to the EPA (just above 500 ...
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Water softener with a 2 inch main line

I am looking to install a water softener for my home. The main line into the home is 2 inch which branches off to 1 inch eventually for hot and cold water and then to the fixtures. My question is, if ...
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What is this stuff at the bottom of my brine tank?

There is this brown silt/sediment on the salt pellets at the bottom of my brine tank. What is that?
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How reliable are the following methods to treat hard water for home use?

How reliable are the following methods to treat hard water for home use? Not looking for drinking purpose/RO, but for Bathing/Washing etc Electronic AntiScale System Magnetic Water Softener Salt ...
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Will adding a water softener to a house with hard water loosen / dissolve existing sediment?

Will adding a water softener to a house with (very) hard water loosen / dissolve existing sediments in pipes and appliances throughout the house? If so, is it anything to worry above?
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Spilled pvc primer in water softener tank?

So, let me start by saying I’m an idiot. As implied by the title, I spilled pvc primer in my water softener tank. I was installing a whole house filter overhead and doing the piping and knocked it ...
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Long term storage of water softener

A water softener has been disconnected and stored indoors for a year. Unit was drained. About an inch of salt was left to dry in the holding container. Unit was not disassembled. Can it be re-...
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Where to install a water conditioner?

I want to install a water conditioner for the purpose of minimizing the sticking of minerals to the faucets and a shower glass. From what I read a catalytic water conditioner will do the job. I will ...
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Salty water occasionally when showering

I've noticed that about once every 2 weeks, I'll get a sudden rush of salt water. It tastes salty and smells metallic. It goes away after a couple minutes. Usually when showering but I'm sure that is ...
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Is it practical to dismantle water softener control head?

I have a Culligan water softener in my water treatment shed. It's been determined that our water is not being softened. My research of this problem suggests various steps for resolution, which I've ...
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Any Issue Adding Garden Hose Bib To Soft Water Side of Water Loop?

I recently replaced a water softener unit at my house. I wanted to add a hose outlet for soft water to rinse off the car. I was wondering if there are any code issues with adding a garden hose bib via ...
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Culligan two stage softener problems

I'm having a few issues with my softener, I'm sure it's an older Culligan, I'm just not sure what model number it is. The problem's I am having are a leak just started from the two entries for the ...
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