DIY Water Softener Installation | Checklist + What You'll Need

Water Softener Installation Checklist

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Water Softener Installation

A water softening system can be installed by anyone who has some basic plumbing skills, some time, and a little DIY savvy. Check out how it's done in the diy water softener installation video below, otherwise, read on to learn more about the basics.

Quick DIY Water Softener installation Checklist

Looking for a quick checklist? Here are the essential items to get you started:

  1. Turn off your water supply at the main line.
  2. Drain the water lines.
  3. Make proper connections (optional: install remote bypass)
  4. Fill your brine tank half-full with salt.
  5. Ensure bypass is shut, slowly turn on water while checking for leaks.
  6. Complete the start-up procedure.

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DIY Water Softener installation Checklist

Before you begin your installation, it’s a good idea to create a checklist to ensure you don’t miss any important steps. See your product installation manual for additional details.

  1. Make sure the install location is level, dry and close to the main water line, a drain and an electrical outlet.
  2. Gather your tools according to your product specific owner’s manual.
  3. Review the included installation parts and accessories.
  4. Turn off your water supply at the main line.
  5. Drain the water lines by turning on a faucet at the highest and lowest points in the house.
  6. Make sure that the incoming water connects to the inlet on the valve and that the outlet on the valve connects to the water supply going into the house.
  7. Install the included bypass valve that lets you shut off the water going to the softener.
  8. Connect any drain line.
  9. Fill your brine tank half-full with salt.
  10. Enter your home’s preferred regeneration settings.
  11. Ensure bypass is shut, slowly turn on water while checking for leaks.
  12. Complete an initial manual regeneration to get the process started.

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