Will Lowes installs a water softener

Install a water softener outside or inside? Do you already have "Easy Water" device. Does this change the water hardness grains that have been put into the new water softener?


Do not install the water softener in a location that you cannot guarantee is above freezing. If it freezes, many internal components will be damaged. You could insulate and install an electric heater in the shed, but it would be the first part of the house to freeze if your house loses electricity. Conversely, most water softeners use electronics that are unsatisfied at very high temperatures. For example, the Fleck 5600 valve is designed for water temperatures up to 110 F.

In addition to the water connections, you need a socket. This is probably easier to wire up indoors than outside. You also need a duct connection. The water softener regularly emits very salty water. You wouldn't want to dump this outside.

The bypass valve immediately switches the water between soft and hard, although there is still some residual water in the pipes. Therefore, you may need to run the water for 30 seconds (or so) after turning on the bypass. In my house, all the taps inside have soft water except for my sink in the utility room. My water heater uses soft water. My outside taps are firmly connected to my hard water supply.

With purchase advice, the all-in-one water softeners like the WHES44 whirlpool are difficult to maintain and are generally completely replaced when they fail. Devices with a "valve" attached to the resin tank and an external brine tank are generally much easier to maintain.

The prevailing view is that the "magnetic anti-scaling" devices like the Easy Water offer no advantage. If you are using metal pipes they must be grounded so that the pipes shield any impact they may have. Even with plastic pipe, the studies I've seen suggest that there is minimal (if any) beneficial effects. See this question about these devices.

Assuming each calcium atom is replaced with a sodium atom in the emollient effulent, 20 grains per gallon of calcium (1.3 g / gal) would yield about 0.715 g / gal of sodium. But most people drink less than a gallon of water a day, so drinking soft water isn't as much of a problem (except for people with dietary restrictions due to medical conditions).

Jason Thurston

Light water doesn't do anything, it's a gimmick. You should dig a pit for the water softener brine delivery. The brine should not enter the sewage treatment plant or the sewage treatment plants, as it kills beneficial bacteria. If you don't have electricity for this shed to power the water softener, you can purchase a Kinetico water softener that doesn't need electricity. However, you will likely need power for the heating tape if it is below freezing. If you only barely freeze a few times a year and only for a few hours, maybe only at night, you could get away with a well-insulated shed and maybe build a foam box around the water softener. The white raw material is also caused by the hard minerals that react with soap. There are some synthetic soaps that work differently and don't combine with hard minerals.