How to install a water softener properly?

Now after buying that expensive water softener, so you think that your problems have ended. Not yet, my friend you still have one major problem, how to install it properly!

You have researched and bought a water softener, but you still have to know how to install and in the right way. To be sure that the machine you have researched for so long and invested some money by buying it, to works properly, you need to know how to install it this article, you will get the right procedure of installing a water softener My friend mike beebe is a professional plumber. He writes more details on his blog about the water softener.

Why should you know how to install your water softener properly?  To be sure, that the water you take is easy to manage, odorless, clean, soft and tasteless.

Installing a water softener; step-by-step guide.

Although, water softeners come with an installation guide in most cases; to some people, it can be hard to follow. Every water softener has its peculiarities when it comes to the actual installation, but there are several aspects of water softening installation that is applicable to all types. Below find the step-by-step guide.

Step one; choose the location.

The first step is to choose the location where you want to install your water softener.  There is some consideration when determining the position. When the container is stored indoors, it is essential that it is stored in a dry area that does not face large temperature fluctuations.

If your chosen water softener is two tanks, make sure that two are close together and the brine tank is the most accessible.

That is the one you have to refill so you can reach it when needed. If your tank is installed outdoors, it must be in an area where it is not exposed to direct sunlight. Various water softener tanks can be bought with a cover that can protect them from sunlight and other adverse weather conditions.

Step two; locate the power outlet and drain

In addition to the power outlet, which must be less than 50 feet from the water softener unit, you will also need a nearby drain that is at least 1 1/2 inches across. Use hoses to get to a drain that is slightly outside.

You can choose a flexible hose or a stronger PVC hose. Either you should extend to the drain so that the backwash is directed to this drain and not to the wrong place.

Step three; install the channel

If your channel is not pre-installed in your tank, you will need to need to go through this step. Nevertheless, if it is already there, then pass this step. How to install this depends on the size of your tank and whether your tank has a tabulator or not.

A larger tank of 64,000 gallons lacking a tabulator requires a gravel bed.

Once the gravel is in place, you can follow the instructions and install the channel in the tank.

You can then install the bypass valve and then the inlet-outlet water connections as per the instructions provided.

Step four; connect the brine hose

The next step in installing the water softener is to take the brine hose and connect it to the control valve and the brine tank.

Once this is done, you can then connect the overflow of the brine tank. You can accomplish this by attaching the 5/8 “hose from the brine tank and running it to the drain.

Step five; set the control

Then you have to set the control that is responsible for softening the water properly. Perform the backwash cycle, check for leaks, and tighten loose parts.

Step six; test

The final step is now to test and see if your work is fruitful. Watch the entire system as it runs through a water cycle to make sure everything is working properly.


The above guide is very general and should only be used in conjunction with the instructions that came with your device. Though there exist, different models of water softeners, the above guide applies any of them.

When I conclude, remember that knowing how to install a water softener does not have to be a challenging task. In no time, you have one work unit, and you do not have to deal with the expense or the hassle of installing another.

Enjoy your clean, soft, odorless and tasteless water!