View Full Version : softener piping question

11-09-2008, 11:33 AM
As mentioned in another post, I am installing a softener with a Clack WS-1 valve. I had intended on making this a 3 valve system so that the softener could be totally bypassed if needed.

Is this not a good idea because of the section of piping that will have "dead" water trapped in it?


Gary Slusser
11-15-2008, 11:24 AM
All three way manual by passes will have dead ends on each side of the crossover valve, there's no way to prevent them.

11-15-2008, 12:29 PM
Almost EVERY plumbing system will have a dead end somewhere. Usually an unused hose faucet or connection for a future sink.

Gary Slusser
11-15-2008, 12:33 PM
Possibly in areas with slab construction but not in most other areas but, they are much worse for water quality problems than a 3-way manual bypass. And if that stuff were plumbed right, they'd have shut off valves on the lines and the valves shut off. ;)