Whether you are replacing an old water softener or installing one for the first time, knowing what to expect before and during the installation process is helpful. Although some steps may vary slightly depending on your plumbing and the type of softener you are having put in, these are the basic expectations that apply in most cases.
1. Water Quality Test
A standard water softener simply removes hard minerals from the water, while a combination softener and filtration systems will also remove contaminants in the water. Schedule a water test before choosing a unit if you wish to install a combination unit, as you must know what type of contaminants the filter must be designed to remove. You can perform the test independently or ask your installer if they provide testing services.
2. Onsite Consultation
Once you pick out the type of unit, the next step is to determine where it will go. For a new installation, the ideal location must be large enough for the unit you choose. It must also have access to the main water line, a drain, and to an electrical hookup. Garages, basements, and utility rooms are the ideal areas as these have space and are accessible. For a replacement unit, you must simply choose a new one that fits the already prepared space.
3. Site Preparation
In the event that you don't have an ideal space, one must be prepared. This may mean putting in a drain, running electrical wiring to the area, or even plumbing in new waterlines. Keep in mind that installation time may take longer if there is extensive preparation required before the water softener can be installed. At a minimum, the softener location must be cleared of clutter and made easily accessible.
4. Water Shutoff
Water will be shut off at the main that feeds into the home during installation. Generally, this is only for a short period, unless extensive new plumbing must be installed. Your installer can give you an estimate of how long you will be without water so you can prepare ahead of time, such as by setting aside some pitchers of water for drinking and any minor cleanup needs.
5. Final Cleanup
Naturally, your installers will dispose of the packaging along with any other debris that results from installation. They should sweep and leave the softener area clean. If you are replacing a softener, then verify whether the installers will handle disposal or if that will be your responsibility.
Work with your water softener installation team to ensure the process is completed quickly and smoothly.