softener piping question

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & ' started by BluesMan, Nov 9, 2008.

  1. BluesMan

    BluesMan New Member

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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...
  2. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

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

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    dead ends

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

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    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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