Do I Have a Loop?
A “Loop” is a pre-plumbed option that may have been installed when your home was built, or it is the location where your current water softener is installed if your replacing it. If you have a Loop it is usually located near your water heater. A Loop allows the water softener or whole house water filtration system to be installed quickly, and should include a drain line and electric outlet close by. Below are photos of a typical Loop and Full Line installation.
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Full Line Installation
If you do not have a Loop for the Water Softener, it will be necessary to connect to the main water line where it enters your home, and run plumbing lines to the desired or available location for the water system. Many factors can be involved that affect your options where the water softener can be installed. These include the location of the main water line, attic access, single or two-story home, walkways, and other considerations. Single story homes typically have more available options for installation than two story homes. If your main water line enters the home on the outside of the garage wall, installation will cost less and require fewer materials and labor to complete. If the main water line enters your home opposite the garage, installations are more costly and involve more materials and labor. Full line water softener installations usually cost between $400 – $900 depending on difficulty, materials and labor expenses.