If you find that your water is too hard, then a softener may be the perfect solution. However, installing one can seem daunting at first glance, so Marlin Plumbing Services offers quick and easy installation options for those who are not familiar with the principles of plumbing!
Water Softener Installation Cost Considerations
Installing a water softener is not as difficult or expensive compared to having someone install one for you. You can purchase them online and have them delivered right to your door, which means no more running around town looking up installation services!
-The cost of labor varies depending on who does the work, but if we’re talking about DIY projects like this one, then expect that price range from $0-$500 dollars (plus materials).
The number of people in your household will determine how many grains you need. If there are none, then one unit should be enough for everyone!
1 to 4 People: ~30,000 grains minimum
5 to 6 People: ~40,000 grains minimum
If you want an easy installation process, look no further than our pre-plumbed systems. We have designed them to be as convenient and quick for homeowners who are tackling this project on their own!
Water Softener DIY Installation
Installing your water softener is a great way to save money and do the job at home. You can install one yourself in just under two hours, but if you have plumbing experience or plan on hiring someone else for this task, then it could take as little time depending upon how long they are willing to work with me! Before getting started, remember that there’s no proper order of operation; everything must be completed before moving onto anything else- especially when cutting pipes because unsharp edges may result otherwise than desired (though hopefully not)! Make sure all tools necessary come packaged together, including wire brushes/ metal files (if needed), a hacksaw, adjustable wrench, and soldering equipment (if necessary).
- Turn off the water in your home.
- Drain all of the water from your pipes by opening up faucets and flush your toilets until they are empty.
- Find where your cold water enters your home and cut the pipe coming in after the shut-off valve. This is where you will be installing your water softener, so make sure there’s enough room!
- If you’re using copper pipes, then sweat two fittings onto either side of the cut pipe and them down until they’re shiny. For PVC or CPVC pipes, use solvent cement to glue two fittings on either side of the cut pipe.
- Attach your water softener to the fittings (threaded for copper, solvent welded for PVC/ CPVC), and then turn on the power to the unit.
- Slowly open up the shut-off valve and check all connections for any leaks. If there are none, then congratulations! You have successfully installed your water softener.
Where to Install a Water Softener
There are a few places where you can easily hide your water softener. The first is under the sink, but this may not be the best place for it because of all that granite and steel inside. A better option would probably be just to be outside on an exposed pipe somewhere, so there’s no need to worry about anything getting wet if something leaks or goes wrong with one of these pieces!
Installing a water softener is an important step in ensuring your family stays healthy. If you’re installing one, make sure to place it as close (and eventually upstream) from any point where entering pure drinking or cooking waters comes into contact with hard pipes that may still contain harmful minerals such as iron sulfate. Information about how much salt we put into our systems depends on factors including city size; however, most homes need around 8 grains per week which will prevent scale buildup- just be aware this amount varies depending upon location so consult local regulations first!
The general plumbing requirements for installation include:
-Fixtures and Fittings (Pipe)
-3 gallons per minute at the inlet
-125 PSI maximum water pressure
The type of power your water softener needs will depend on the model and manufacturer, but it’s usually something like electricity or gas. You can get by with a few household outlets to keep things running smoothly if you’re just getting started in this game – once they run out, though, be sure that there is enough space for more than one meter above ground level so as not to exceed their maximum limit!
This includes everything from valves to elbows. A plumber will need these items on hand when installing new pipes or replacing old ones in an existing system, so they should be able to arrive early in the process if necessary!