Water Softener Drain

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by rdgallo, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. rdgallo

    rdgallo New Member

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    Is it ok to have the backflush drain of a water softener draining into the ejector pump sump or will the brine ruin the pump? I have city sewer no septic.
    Thanks
  2. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    It can harm metal parts on a pump. Plastic pumps last longest.
  3. rdgallo

    rdgallo New Member

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    Gary, does that mean I shouldn't allow someone to plumb a new softener that way? Is draining to the effluent pit normal practice?
    Thanks,
    Ron
  4. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    It's normal and I had my own go into a sump with a metal sump pump for 13 years without failure of the pump.

    The vast majority of drain lines are connected to a drain line or the sewer or septic system main line.
  5. rdgallo

    rdgallo New Member

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    Thanks, Gary. I really appreciate the help! Now all I have to do is purchase a water softener and find a good plumber in my area to install it.
    Thanks again,
    Ron
  6. kingsotall

    kingsotall Plunger/TurdPuncher

    People still use those¿!¿! :rolleyes:
  7. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    Ron, I have helped many people with the desire to be able install their own softener but hiring a plumber is good too. You should check out the sizing page on my web site.
  8. rdgallo

    rdgallo New Member

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    Thanks for the help, Gary. I wish I could install it myself, but probably would be better off with a good plumber. I have done a lot of my own plumbing before, but I now have bad knees, bad neck, etc. and should hire it done. The house is only 4 years old but never had a water softener and is not "looped" for one. So, this would be a total installation including an electrical outlet and I want it to be done properly and not cobbled together by me. The trouble I have is knowing a good plumber to do the job. I am pretty picky about the quality of any work done, and, therefore want someone that cares about doing a nice,
    neat job. Trouble is, I don't know any plumbers. I guess I will just have to go to the phone book and pick someone hoping I get the right person. Again, thanks for your response.
    Ron
  9. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    Well then you at least ought to buy it from me but... I married a fashion/no clothes art model once, mostly based on looks, a tanned all over beautiful long naturally wavy red haired green eyed curvy 5'6" 124 lbs beauty measuring 36,24,36 from Holland! That experience taught me that practical is much more important than looks. No leaks, it's a great job, pay the man. ;)
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2008
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