A water softener serves many different purposes, so there is rarely a time that you’d want to “turn it off.” But occasionally situations arise where your water softener is not necessary or you need to shut off your system. Since your water softener is attached to your home’s water supply, this might seem difficult to do. That’s where a water softener bypass valve comes into play. Today we’re going to talk about what a water softener bypass valve is and when you might want to use it!
What is a water softener bypass valve?
Think of your home’s plumbing system as one big interconnected series of pipes, appliances and taps. When a water softener is installed, it becomes an integrated part of that system. So if for some reason you do not want to use your water softener, it wouldn’t be practical to detach the entire unit.
A water softener bypass valve is a dial that’s (usually) located at the top of your unit. When the bypass valve is not activated, all of your home’s water will flow through your water softener just like normal. When the bypass valve is activated, water will flow through the pipes that are attached to your water softener without actually entering its tank. This allows you to have the effect of removing your water softener from your home’s plumbing system without actually having to detach your unit.
When would you want to use a water softener bypass valve?
There are two primary situations when you’d want to use your water softener’s bypass valve:
- Your water softener is acting up. The most likely reason that you’d ever want to use your water softener’s bypass valve is when you are experiencing problems with your unit. Just like any home appliance, your water softener can sometimes develop problems (such as a leak or operational issues) that require professional repair. Continuing to use your water softener while you know something’s wrong might make the problem worse, so you can use the bypass valve to render your unit inactive while you wait for a professional like EPA Water to repair the issue.
- You need to use a lot of water that doesn’t require softening. Although soft water is great for almost every use in your house, there are some instances when you need to use a lot of water and it’s not necessary to soften it. For example, if you’re irrigating your lawn or watering a lot of plants, it might make sense to use your bypass valve to give your water softener a break when it’s not necessarily needed.
If you have any questions about a water softener bypass valve, or if you’d like a water system serviced or installed in your home, contact EPA Water Consultants, your water softener and water filtration system dealer in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We provide service all over Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including towns like Allentown, Newtown and Buckingham, PA.
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