Water Softener Installation Mistakes to Avoid

To avoid the problems that can arise from living in a hard water area, water softener installation may be necessary. If you are aware of the types of mistakes that can arise from fitting the appliance, you will be better able to ensure that they do not occur.


Don’t make the mistake of not undertaking the proper preparation before beginning the process of water softener installation. Ensure that your water supply system is suited for the work, which will also help you to obtain the correct type. You must also ensure that you also have all the required tools beforehand and check that you have all the parts of the water softener by making yourself familiar with them.


Take the time to read the instructions that come with the water softener rather than assume that the process is obvious simply by looking at the parts. This will also give you an idea of how long the process should take and the correct arrangement of the steps. This step will also enable you to check the parts against the list to ensure that nothing is missing.  

Follow the instructions carefully by not omitting any of the processes because they do not appear to be necessary, such as applying lubrication to the inner O ring of the tank.  


After completion of the water softener installation process, you will need to set the appliance to a backwash cycle before opening the water supply valve a quarter way to allow the escape of air. This should be left open for a few minutes before it is opened fully until water begins to slow. If something does not appear correct or it does not work properly, do not be afraid to take advice.

Water Supply

The process of water softener installation must begin with turning off the water supply so that the installation is not hindered. In addition to this, the water that is present in the water pipes must be drained. This can be undertaken by opening the faucets to let the water flow until there is no longer any water in the system. It will also be necessary to switch off the electricity supply to the hot water heater.     


The water softener installation process must include choosing the correct position for the tank, which must be solid and level. If you are fitting a type that comprises two tanks, there must be enough space for them to be fitted alongside each other. It should not be placed in a location which will make it difficult to access should maintenance be required.   


Make sure that all the necessary fasteners are included with the water softener as using the wrong ones could lead to the appliance leaking. After installation, make sure that you check the softener for leaks before putting it properly into operation. Similarly, you must ensure that the tubes and cables required for the process are of a sufficient diameter and/or length to complete the task effectively.