If you are thinking of getting a water softener, you have to make sure the home is pre-plumbed to allow easy installation.
A lot of homes in the Central Texas region use water softeners and, often, the builders or contracts ensure that a residential house has pre-plumbing for water softeners. There are designers that can upgrade the fixtures for that too.
A water softener loop, as seen in the picture, looks like a horseshoe and is covered in black tape to improve the insulation. If your home’s plumbing system has this, then it was built ready to install a water softening system. All the water that you use throughout the house, whether it is in the kitchen or bathroom, goes through this system. Whereas the outdoor sprinklers and taps for hose are separated and only get hard water.
For houses that have pre-plumbing for water softeners, the installation costs are included in the total price. There is usually an electrical outlet near the loop where the softening unit can be plugged in. Homeowners usually store it in their garage because that is where the loop is found. The pipe leaving the wall is for draining the system during regeneration. This drain is highly necessary and if your home does not have it near the loop, then you will have to pay an additional fee to have it installed.
If you have a water softener loop at your residence, it means those who built your house had a lot of foresight. The size and condition does not matter because it simplifies the water softening system installation.
If your house lacks a water softener loop, then there is no need to worry, you can get by without it. However, the installation process will be a bit different.
Our team will need some time to plan, but we are experienced in this sort of thing. We can make sure your house is pre-plumbed for water softeners, so you can also enjoy the health and financial benefits that come with soft water.
If you are building a new house for you and your family, then we suggest you get the pre-plumbing for water softeners during the construction. It will cost a little extra but will increase the market value of your home too. The builder will add the loop and the drain in the right place, so you can get a water softener installed later on. Make sure the electrical plug is also right next to the loop, so you do not have wires stretched across the garage or basement. Usually the builder will suggest adding it themselves, but if they do not make a point of requesting it.
You can save yourself a lot of trouble later on by avoiding having to trench the yard and pay extra in installation fee. With pre-plumbing for water softener, you can enjoy the benefits of soft water without the hassle.
Centex is a team of experienced, licensed plumbers who have been installing water softener and filtration systems for more than 20 years. Our NSF-44 Certified water softener meets all plumbing codes.