Softener & Auto-Filter Connections
important consideration you should make when choosing a
softener or automatic
backwashing filter system is the connection to your
existing plumbing. If you examine our water
softener models and check their details
and specifications, you will see upon check out that
you can choose between 3/4-inch and 1-inch pipes and also
the material of pipe you are connecting your softener to.
The choices are either copper or PVC. The reason we give
you these choices is because we supply bypass
valves for all of our water softener and auto-backwashing
filter systems and we want to make sure that they connect
easily to your existing plumbing. Now take a look at our
auto-backwashing filter systems and their details. Note
that we do not provide for choosing a pipe material. That
is because it does not really matter what material your
pipes are. What matters is the size, and actually the size
is not all that crucial either.
an example. Suppose you are ordering a 24,000
grain Fleck 5600 on demand water softener. You will
want to visit the specifications and details page before
you buy so that you can choose your water pipe size and
material. Suppose you have 3/4-inch copper pipes. When you
are ready to purchase, you select the pull-down menu for
"3/4-inch copper pipes". This feature takes all
of the guess work out of which bypass valve to select as
we will do it for you. Because we have chosen 3/4-inch copper
pipes in this example, Water Value will send a 3/4-inch
stainless steel bypass valve with your order. Why stainless
steel and not copper? Because Fleck does not make copper
or brass bypass valves anymore. While the old brass bypass
valves did meet the EPA's definition of "lead free"
brass, they did not meet the "lead free" requirements
of some states such as California. So instead of sending
PVC bypass valves to the various states that require it,
Fleck decided on stainless steel to solve the problem. Autotrol
on the other hand does not have the problem of choosing
between stainless steel or PVC bypass valves. They only
produce PVC bypass valves, solving the problem altogether.
why doesn't Fleck make PVC bypass valves exclusively? I'm
not sure. It is really not necessary to connect a stainless
steel bypass valve to copper pipes. A PVC bypass valve can
be used instead. We still provide stainless steel bypass
valves as an option on our water
softener systems at this time, but we will probably
discontinue that option in the future. The PVC bypass valves
offer better functionality.
Fleck stainless steel bypass valve is operated by a single
lever where the Fleck PVC bypass and the Autotrol bypass
use two levers. One for the inlet water and one for the
outlet water. One advantage to this method of bypass is
the fact that you can disable your water treatment system
yet allow it to backwash or regenerate in case of "calendar
override" (which we will not get into at this time).
If you are planning on leaving for vacation, you may not
want water passing through your auto-backwashing filter,
yet in the interest of keeping your media bed fresh, you're
going to want to backwash on a regular basis. The two lever
bypass valve lets you do this, but a single lever bypass
valve will not.
simply is not necessary to connect a stainless steel bypass
to copper pipes. A PVC bypass comes with the same thread
size as the stainless steel ones do. With a stainless steel
bypass, you will need to run down to the hardware store
and pick up an NPT (National pipe thread) sweat bushing
to connect to your copper pipes. Well, you'll need to do
the same thing with a PVC bypass valve too. So why use a
single lever stainless steel bypass at all? There is no
reason I can think of. The PVC bypass is much more corrosion
resistant that stainless steel.
with the Autotrol systems, we still need to know what material
of pipe you are connecting to because they offer both CPVC
and sweat copper connectors. But so far as the Fleck systems
go, there is really no reason to select stainless steel,
especially if you may ever want to make use of the "half-way-bypass"
feature mentioned above. That is the reason that we do not
offer stainless steel bypasses on our Fleck auto-filter
important to note that the new Fleck
7000 systems come only in 1 or 1-1/4 inch PVC configurations
but rest assured that you will have no trouble connecting
it to your copper pipes with the copper sweat bushing you're
going to need to get at the hardware store anyway.
I hope you don't think that this sounds like Water Value
doesn't care about your plumbing connections, we care a
great deal. We want to make your installation experience
as painless as possible and we go to great lengths to ensure
that this is so, but we cannot provide plumbing fittings
for every situation you may encounter. Even those water
treatment companys that boast "Water Softener Installation
Kits" will admit that you're going to need to run down
to the local hardware store anyway to make the proper connections.
Nobody can anticipate every installer's needs when it comes
to plumbing no matter how much we'd like to. For the most
part, all you're going to need to connect to one of our
water systems is a simple bushing.
as GM or Ford can sell you a car, they cannot teach you
how to drive, but they do offer suggestions and examples
and so do we. Before you buy any water softener or auto-backwashing
filter system from us, be sure to check out our handly Water
Softener - Auto-Filter Installation Instructions section.