Water Softener Installation Part 2C Clack WS1 Plumbing
Be sure you to check out our first video in this series, Water Softener Installation 1 - "Where to Install" before proceeding as it has some great information you'll need for installing the Clack WS1 Water Softener
1) Turn off the water supply.
2) Open a water tap to depressurize the lines.
3) Cut water line and Connect to water softener
A. Install supplied tail kit fittings for 3/4-inch copper plumbing, if your plumbing is a different size or is in pex, start with 3/4" copper and then use an adapter. Assemble the components ahead of time making sure the connector is on the pipes before soldering, once cool add the o ring and white plastic seal.
B. Attach the water lines to the appliance in compliance with all applicable building, plumbing, and electrical codes. Do NOT over tighten the connections on the bypass, usually hand tight is enough.
C. Check the arrows on the valve to ensure that the water flows in the proper direction. It is very important that you Do NOT plumb your water softener in backward.
4) The overflow line drains away excess water should the tank over fill due to a malfunction. Make sure that the overflow elbow is in the down position. Connect 1/2-inch I.D. tubing between the overflow fitting and a floor drain, laundry tub, or other suitable waste receptor. Ensure that the overflow line ends at a drain that is at least 3 inches lower than the bottom of the overflow fitting. Maintain a minimum 2-inch air gap. This gravity line cannot be run overhead.
5) The drain line carries away the backwash water as part of the regeneration cycle.
A. Connect the drain line to the drain end cap with a minimum 1/2-inch I.D. tubing.
B. Route the drain line to a floor drain, laundry tub, or other suitable waste receptor. Maintain a minimum 2-inch air gap between the drain line and the flood level rim of the waste receptor to prevent back-siphoning. This drain line should make the shortest run possible.
C. The drain line may be elevated up to 8 feet from the discharge on the water softener as long as the water pressure in your system is 40 psi or more.
D. If the drain line is 25 feet or longer, increase the drain line to 3/4-inch I.D. Idealy, the end of the drain line must be equal to or lower in height than the control valve. Caution: The drain line must not be kinked, crimped, or restricted in any way.
6) Check the next video/blog posts in this series on connecting the drain line to your household plumbing and putting your Clack WS1 water softener into service.
- Gary Beutler