How to Upgrade Your Shower and Enjoy a Soft Water Experience with a Water Softening System
Installing a water softening system in your shower is not a difficult task as long as you have a basic understanding of DIY skills. This type of system uses neutralizing ions of sodium to remove the minerals that can turn your hair green, irritate your skin, and cause buildup on pipes and fixtures. There are two common methods for installation – first, directly onto the showerhead, and second, connected to the entire home system.
If your DIY skills are minimal but you still want to enjoy the benefits of a water softener, consider simply installing a filter directly onto the showerhead. This is a popular choice because it is relatively easy to do, usually requiring just a few basic tools and a small amount of elbow grease. Kits are available that make the job even easier, and you can also look into purchasing a new shower head which already has the filter built-in.
For the most complete and effective shower water softener, look into connecting to the entire home system. First, make sure you turn off the water while installing or else you may end up with a flood. Then, locate the water supply’s entrance—for a full-house installation—or the house’s water heater—for shower-only softening. On the back of the softening system, you should see clearly marked ports that say “in” and “out.” Connect the “in” port to the home’s water supply.
Some water softeners have a second tank which needs to be connected to the first piece of equipment. Make sure to check and connect these if necessary. Additionally, the system will come with a drain line that needs to be hooked up to the household’s drain or else your effort will be wasted in a matter of hours due to flooding.
The reference materials that come with the water softening system are generally quite helpful. Generally, they consist of easy-to-understand instructions and illustrations. If at any point you get stuck, get in touch with the manufacturer. They may be able to walk you through the installation process. With patience, an eye for detail, and an understanding of the general system, installation should be a breeze.