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Old 02-11-20, 07:13 AM
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with a recent toilet cleaning, due to hard deposits and a neighbor claiming good results from his water softener unit ... i'm thinking that may be the way to go...

wondering though, where i can put the unit with the least impact ....

my main supply line located, out on the side of the house... but
unsure of "standard practice" for piping from there ...
the question being...does that line , run directly to the water heater ?
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do all the cold water sources attach from there ?
or does it vary according to ?!?!?

point being, it would be EZ, in my case, to attach the new unit, right next to the heater which is in the garage with a readily available power source ....

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Old 02-11-20, 07:36 AM
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Water coming into the house is cold. From there it splits several times including between cold and the heater. Very often they look like a T. The water softener should be placed before the first split.
 
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i understand the need to have the unit installed, before the split(s),
to clarify....
it is most likely my only choice would be outside, as it enters the house ... ?
because it would have already split...once, twice, before the pipe i can see in the garage, going into the heater ?
 
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Once the water source splits, adding a water softener after the split would not impact that line. I can't comment on adding a water softener outside as it's not viable where I'm located. Where do you live?

Of course, another thought is to enclose it.
 
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I'm not following your response, the only split prior to the softener that you want to consider are lines going to hose bibs, everything else splits off after the softener even if lines have to double back.
 
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Marq1, I assume you're responding to my posts. I don't see where he's describing splits to hose bibs. The impression I've gotten is that the number and direction of splits are unknown. If water goes directly to the heater closet except for hose bibs, my suggestion would change.
 
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yes understood ... " once the water splits " .... however ... i am reading contradicting statements ...
some of the research says the main line goes right to the water heater, others suggest a split once inside the house.... ?!?

my mail line, here in central florida ... easy to see, outside with a T type PVC valve ,
i know, it was shut off when the plumber replaced a sink....
what i do not know,
does that pipe then run directly to the water heater? ( some say yes)
or does it branch off to say the 2 toilets, 1st...?
as they are actually closer to this valve, then the water heater is, which as mentioned sits in the garage ....
obviously, i can not see how the pipes run only obvious viewing spots are
entering the house
wall in garage where it connects to the water heater

again ,i'd prefer to have the new unit, in the garage next to the water heater

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Normally plumbing is the same as electrical so the shortest distance possible is used.

If there are tees on the cold line going to the hot water tank then it is possible that it is the main line.
The softener would have to be plumbed in before those tees.
 
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