Installing Your Water Softener: Should You DIY or Call the Pros?

Deciding between a DIY or professional installation for your water softener is a crucial step. This guide will help you weigh the pros and cons, ensuring your water softener is installed efficiently and effectively.

Necessary Tools and Skills for a DIY Installation

For those considering a DIY installation:

  • Understanding of Plumbing: Basic knowledge of your home's plumbing system is essential.
  • Tools: You'll need pipe cutters, wrenches, Teflon tape, and potentially soldering equipment.
  • Time and Patience: Setting aside enough time and having patience when working through the process is important.

We have a useful guide to install your water softener on your own if you feel comfortable doing so. 

Benefits of Hiring a Professional Installer

Opting for a professional installation offers several advantages:

  • Expertise: Professionals have the necessary skills and experience.
  • Efficiency: Quick and correct installation is more likely with a professional.
  • Peace of Mind: Professional installations often come with warranties and guarantees.
Be mindful that hiring a professional will cost more than doing this yourself. However, hiring a professional does insure that this process is done correctly and none of your plumbing or water appliances are damaged in the process.

    Potential Installation Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

    Common installation pitfalls include:

    • Incorrect Sizing: Ensure you have the right size for your household needs. If you need assistance in picking the right size water softener for your home, we have a useful guide you can learn from.
    • Poor Placement: The softener should be easily accessible but not in a way that disrupts daily activities.
    • Inadequate Drainage: Proper drainage is essential to prevent backups and leaks.


    Choosing between DIY and professional installation of your water softener depends on your skills, budget, and the complexity of the installation. If in doubt, consulting with a professional can provide clarity and ensure your water softener functions optimally. If you're still unsure of which water softener is right for your home, check out our useful guide or contact us using the information below!

    We're Here To Help You

    Don't hesitate to look to us for professional assistance. Our experts at Mid Atlantic Water have been helping customers make the right choice for their home's water problems for nearly 30 years. If you have any questions with water problems in your home or which water softener is right for you, we're here to help. Contact us however you'd like:

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