Installation & Servicing

Water Softener Installation

How to install a water softener

Water softener installation is a straightforward process. The water softener is installed at the mains water supply; usually under the kitchen sink and is plumbed into the pipes there. You can also install a water softener at any other point in your water supply, such as in your garage or pantry.

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How to install a water softener

The best way to install a water softener is to have a qualified installer do it for you. This is because there are clear regulations around the installation of a water softener that should be followed; all of our installers are trained, experienced, and compliant with WRAS guidelines.

The process itself is relatively simple (when you know how). The water softener is a unit that fits under your sink and softens your water as it enters your home. This means we do cut into your pipes to install it, but this is easily reversed should you wish to move home and take your water softener with you.


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Moving home with a water softener

Once you have your water softener installed, you’re going to love all the benefits it brings. So it makes sense that you’d want to take it with you if you move home.

When moving you can isolate your water softener from the mains supply to disconnect it. Please contact our team for help.

Before reinstalling, an assessment of your new home’s water supply will be needed. We recommend getting in touch and we will be happy to help. If you’ve moved outside our area, we’ll be happy to advise you on which other dealers can reinstall your water softener.

Your new home must have its own water supply for your Harvey Water Softener to be installed correctly. This is because the water supply to only your property needs to be turned off during the fitting.

Water softener bypass taps

A water softener installation is usually accompanied by a drinking water filter tap. This tap bypasses the water softener, meaning you are able to choose to drink non-softened water from that tap if you prefer.

The bypass tap is installed at your kitchen sink. You can choose from a range of styles to suit your kitchen, and the bypass tap can also include a water filter to filter your water at the source.

WRAS installation guidelines

For many years there was considerable confusion with the interpretation of the regulations around water softener installation, in particular, drinking softened water and the provision of separate drinking water taps.

To clarify the situation, Harvey Water Softeners was instrumental in working with the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) to provide a document that could be understood by an installer.

A copy of this document can be obtained from our office by calling 01483 753404. Our qualified plumbers offer a complete installation service of our water softeners according to these guidelines. To find out more, request a quote.

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