Installing a Water Softener System Part 2: The Water Supply Pipe

Installing a water softener system is a great idea especially if you have hard water. But where will it be located at your home. Will it go in the garage, if so where in the garage. Or, will it be installed outside on the side of the house. These are common issues we deal with everyday with homeowners seeking to install a water softener system. Simply, a water softener system installation location will be determined by the location of the Water Supply Pipe that feeds your home. Let’s take a closer look .

Water Supply Pipe on the Garage Side of the Home: Installed in Garage

I have found that most people installing a water softener system want it located inside the garage. And I agree. So, how do you know if can be installed in the garage? Simply put, if the main water supply pipe is located on the garage side of the home then a garage install is simple. Furthermore, if your water supply pipe is on the garage side of the home you won’t need to pay your builder for the water softener loop. So, how do you know where the water supply pipe is? Simple. You can determine this by locating the water meter shut off valve located by the street. If the water meter shut off valve is on the garage side then the supply pipe likely enters on the garage side. If that’s the case, locating the water softener system inside the garage will be simple. When we install the system in the garage we will likely drain the discharge from the system to the washer drain.

Water Supply Pipe on the Opposite, Non Garage Side of the Home: Installed Outside

Now, if your water meter shut off valve is on the opposite side of the home from the garage, we may install it in the garage or outside. When the water supply pipe is on the opposite side we still may be able to install a water system inside the garage. To do this, we hand trench from the supply pipe to the garage wall. In doing this, we trench through the sod and flower beds jet underneath the walkway. This allows us to redirect the water supply pipes to the garage so that we can locate the water softener there. However, sometimes the layout of the home of the logistics don’t allow us to access the garage. When this happens, we have to install the system outside. To do this, we secure the system in the ground by burying it about half way or waist high. It will be located near the location of the water supply pipe. When this occurs we also install a French Drain for the discharge drain water.

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