Planning on installing your own DIY water softener system? Check out this DIY tutorial when you install a water softener in your home.
Gather Your Tools!
From the main line to your house, shut off the water.
Open the lowest valve in the house and drain your pipes by allowing all the water to flow out. You may want to grab some buckets and towels.
Power down your hot water heater – turning it completely off.
Figure out where, on the main line, you’ll be installing your water softener. It must be somewhere in the line before the hot water heater.
Using your pipe cutter, cut into the main line. You may want a bucket to catch any water that runs out of the pipe.
To allow for a bypass valve and a route for feeding water around a filter (if necessary), you’ll need to attach an elbow fitting to the line. This fitting will vary depending on your needs. It could be one of the following:
Measure and cut pipes to fit from the bypass valve to the water softener unit. Solder all fittings and nipples before connecting the pipe to the bypass valve.
Use compression fittings to attach the pipe to the unit (these should come with the unit).
Where will your water softener unit drain? Common options are a sump pump, a utility sink, or a floor drain. You’ll need to know this for step nine. Clamp the house to the water softener unit and feed it to the drain. Leave two inches between the end of the hose and the drain to prevent back siphoning. Securely clamp the hose in place.
Attach your overflow tube to your brine tank. The manufacturer’s instructions for the water softener unit will specify placement and height.
Flush water through the bypass to get rid of debris by turning on the bypass valve.
Plug the water softener into the electrical outlet. Set to “backwash”. Slowly open the valve. This will slowly release air in the pipes. Your manual for your unit will help you determine a flushing schedule and adjusting the salt/water ratio.