You have chosen a water softener to solve all the hard water problems in your home. We know the answers to these questions, but there may still be many questions about the type of equipment you need and, more importantly, the best place to install it.
What is the factor to install a water softener?
Whether you have a full-size basement, crawl space, closet, or other area in mind, there are many factors to consider when installing a water softener.
First Steps: Understanding Your Water
Before thinking about installing it, the first thing you need to understand is what is in your water and consider the needs of your home. Knowing this information is important in determining the size and type of softener needed for water treatment and lifestyle.
The physical size of the softener determines the space required for installation. Water treatment specialists determine the appropriate size based on a variety of factors, including flow rate, amount of water used at home, and water quality.
It is important to consider the flow rate so that the soft water in the house is not insufficient. The flow rate measured at litres/minute is determined by considering all devices and appliances in the home that can operate simultaneously. If the flow rate is not taken into account when choosing the system and the softener is too small, the water pressure and hardness of the entire system may decrease.
Another factor is water consumption. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the average person uses 80,100 litre of water per day. This amount may be surprising, but keep this in mind every time the shower, bath, or sink faucet is activated, the toilet is flushed, and the laundry is washed. It's easy to consume a litre of water without realizing it. To properly size the soft finish, multiply the number of litre used by each person by the number of people living in the house.
Water treatment specialists also check the hardness of the water. Hardness is the amount of calcium and magnesium dissolved in water and is measured by the number of particles per litre or milligram per litre. This helps determine the amount of medium to take into the water softener to remove hardness. The larger the system, the more media it can hold and the harder it can be removed. In addition to hardness, water may contain iron. This requires a separate filter or system that removes both iron and hardness.
To accurately determine what is in the water, including other possible pollutants, you should consult a water treatment expert for a comprehensive water quality test. They treat your water properly and recommend the right equipment to meet the needs of your home. Once you have a better understanding of the correct equipment you need, you can then consider the location of your system.
What to do with a water softener?
The ideal location for a water softener is a flat ground near the point where water enters the house. If well water is used in your home, the supply point is usually next to the pressure tank. If your home uses tap water, it's usually next to a water meter. Also, there is a drain and power supply nearby, which requires enough space for the size of the device.
In places where basements are not common, water softeners or filters can be placed outdoors. Many water treatment professionals dig holes or install them in small huts to minimize the impact of weather on their devices.
Most homes require a relatively small footprint for standardized water softeners. As long as there is access to water pipes, plumbing, drains, and electricity, the water softener can be used wherever homeowners desire, as long as it complies with the following legal regulations and equipment performance requirements:
-Water softeners do not work in unheated areas where temperatures can drop below freezing.
-Also avoid direct sunlight for soft finishes.
-The optimum temperature for the location should be between 35 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit.