Water softener loop explained
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A water softener loop is pipe that is exposed in a service area such as a utility or mechanical room or garage where the main water service entering the house is accessible to connect and install an appliance that would treat or service the entire plumbing system in the house.
For example, it is really as simple as the main water service pipe entering the outer garage wall from the water meter outside, going up the inside of the wall, exiting the wall at a 90 degree angle into the garage, going 6" or 12" and then going back into the wall at a 90 degree angle and servicing the plumbing in the house. The 6" to 12" of pipe exposed in the garage is the water softener loop.
To install a softener or a whole house filter a competent plumber would cut that exposed loop and plumb a service and return to the appliance. The appliance would be treating the entire water supply to the entire house where the water service enters the house.
If a home is plumbed with a softener loop there is usually a drain nearby and a 110 GFI outlet nearby. Softener loops come out of the wall usually near the water heater.
If the house has no softener loop then a loop will need to be installed. You need to connect to the incoming water service and add the loop, or plumb the softener, before the water service branches out in the house. You'll also need a drain for when the softener regenerates and a 110 GFI outlet.
To add a softener loop or plumb a softener in your home one would locate where the water service enters the house , connect to incoming water supply and plumb it to an accessible location like a garage, plumb the softener in the garage, add a drain, and return the line to where the service was connected for continued service from the water softener to all of the plumbing fixtures.
In some cases a softener can be installed outside .
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