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    I'd like to bypass and turn off a water softener for an extended period of time. Got some folks moving into a house that don't like soft water.

    Easy to engage the bypass valve and unplug the unit. Is there anything else I should to to prep it for non use? Will the unit be ok when I turn it back on in a year or two?

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    Are you renting this house? Do you own it? What are the water conditions: hardness/iron? How old is it? What brand/model is it?

    Simply unplug it and put it on by-pass. I might sanitize it before you shut it down and after you start it up again. Avoid freezing conditions. Remove from open weather conditions if outside.

    There is a risk of ruining many utilities, appliances, fixtures and surfaces in the house. Is it worth it?

    Most people who don't like softened water, don't understand it and mistakenly say things like: 'I can't wash the soap off', or ' I don't want to drink salt water'. etc. Most people who suffer through the first short period of time convert into believers to the benefit of both theirs and yours.

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    Regardless if the renters like it or not, it's your plumbing and fixtures. Hard water attacks every aspect of the plumbing system.

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    The problem however is that if the renters don't want soft water, they probably won't be buying salt for it so putting it on bypass is the lesser of two evils.

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    The unit is made by Master Water. Don't have the model number handy but it looks like its one of the MBA models.

    Our house didn't have a water softener for 40+ years before we installed it. I don't expect any additional damage to the fixtures by taking this unit out of service (its only been running for the last 8 years or so). Except for the dishwasher I can't think of anything else that should be a problem.

    Freezing is not a concern as it is located inside the basement. However, this location will make draining very difficult so I'd like to avoid that if possible, but if it must be drained then so be it.

    How do I sanitize the unit?

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    The other option I considered is moving the recharge cycle so it only regens 1x or 2x per month. But a neighbor said that too long between regens will shorten the life of the resin and let bacteria grow inside the resin unit.
    Last edited by talltree; 09-06-2011 at 03:57 PM.

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    Some fine advise there from fellow members.

    To sanitize it, put a cup of normal, unscented household bleach in the brine tank and manually regenerate it. It may or may not need it but the benefits outweigh the downsides.

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