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    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?

    Thanks...

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    All three way manual by passes will have dead ends on each side of the crossover valve, there's no way to prevent them.
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    Default dead ends

    Almost EVERY plumbing system will have a dead end somewhere. Usually an unused hose faucet or connection for a future sink.

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    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.
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