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Ia

07:22AM | 06/25/03
Member Since: 06/24/03
3 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
I just installed a water softener and ever since then my water pressure has decreased significantly even when I'm bypassing the softener (bypass is at softener). It wasn't the best before, but it's not expectable now.

My question is: Is the drop in pressure because I added an additional 75' of 1" copper to my cold water line, because I have an additional 8' drop and rise to and from the softener, did I get solder in a joint, is it because of the 8 additional 90 degree turns, all of the above non of the above?

Any insight would be appreciated

erik peterson

12:00PM | 06/25/03
Member Since: 06/23/03
223 lifetime posts
Your pressure is most likely the same...what has changed is the volume of water able to pass throught the softener (super-common problem) In my opinion the single worst problem with a softener. Not too much you can do. If youre on a water line that has a regulator you could adjust up the pressure. (max. pressure per uniform plumbing code is 80#) erik

Ia

12:53PM | 06/25/03
Member Since: 06/24/03
3 lifetime posts
Thanks for the reply, but I still confused. Even when I have the softener in bypass I still have this problem.


erik peterson

01:16PM | 06/25/03
Member Since: 06/23/03
223 lifetime posts
The by-pass is itself restricting the flow. If you disconnected that softener your volume would be back to what you are used to...erik

Ia

02:36PM | 06/25/03
Member Since: 06/24/03
3 lifetime posts
Thanks
I will configure a by-pass using 1" copper and 3 ball valves instead of using the softener by-pass. This should allow the same volume when I'm in by-pass (watering the lawn)

erik peterson

04:44AM | 06/26/03
Member Since: 06/23/03
223 lifetime posts
Yes, if you fashion your own by-pass with valves and pipe the same size as your system your volume will be the same as it was...Ive never been an advocate of whole-house filters for this very issue your dealing with. erik

erik peterson

04:57AM | 06/27/03
Member Since: 06/23/03
223 lifetime posts
Water softener or whole house filter both will dramatically lessen your volume. The by-pass connected to either system usually is part of the filter or softener (whichever youre dealing with) and even in the by-pass position will limit the volume. A good idea to fashion youre own by-pass using the same size pipe, ball valves are the best bet. erik
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