Today, we’ll explain how to set your water softener in bypass mode.

WaterSmart has over 25 years of experience in the plumbing and water softener industries, and we would love to share our knowledge with you.

For various sorts of systems, we’ll walk you through the process of placing your water softener in bypass.

So let’s get going.

Bypass Valves Types

For water softeners, there are three primary varieties of bypass valves.

The majority of household units feature a valve you can either crank or push in to put your water softener in bypass mode.

Commercial softeners often operate with three valves in bypass mode.

Take a check at the top, rear, or top of your water softener to see what kind of bypass valve it has.

The place where your water pipes connect to your softener should be near to where your bypass valve is situated.

  • A device that you may turn “to bypass” will have one or two handles or knobs.
  • In a “push to” bypass device, there will be a button you can press.
  • A side-to-side-movable lever is part of a lever-style bypass.

If your softener is a commercial model, you could see three different valves linked to the pipes leading to it.

Consult your owner’s handbook or get in touch with the manufacturer of your water softener if you’re still unsure about the sort of bypass valve you have or where it is.

Operation of a Handle Bypass Valve

Bypass The Valve’s Handle To Prevent Water From Entering Your Softener.

Step 1:

Find the big, rotatable bypass handle(s) or knob(s) on your device.

It could be on the right or left side of your softener, depending on how it was placed.

Step 2:

Until it stops rotating, fully turn the knob or handle clockwise (or, if your handles have arrows, in the direction of the arrows).

If you haven’t placed your water softener in bypass before or if it has been a while since you last did it, it could be stiff.

Advice: To relieve some of the water pressure flowing to your softener if your handle is very difficult to turn, consider running the water in your tub or shower at full blast.

It should be simpler to turn now.

Step 3:

Turn your knob or lever completely counterclockwise after you have completed using your hard water.

The Best Way to Use a Button Bypass Valve

Try Tapping The Button With A Rubber Mallet If It’s Rigid – Image Source: Peterson Salt & Water Treatment Co.

Step 1:

Track down the bypass button.

Step 2:

Push the button firmly in until it is fully seated.

If you’ve never used it before or it’s been a long since your previous bypass, you may need to apply a lot of pressure.

Tip: To loosen the button up if you are having difficulties pressing it in, try rotating it once or twice clockwise.

Try tapping it with a rubber mallet if this doesn’t work.

Avoid using a conventional hammer as this might cause the button to shatter.

Step 3:

Simply completely push the button on the bypass valve’s opposite side to reactivate your softener.

How a Lever Bypass Valve Works

To Engage The Bypass, Slide The Lever To The Side

Step 1:

Find the bypass valve for the level.

Step 2:

Change the level’s bypass setting.

This will be printed on the majority of the units.

If not, just swivel the lever around to the other side from where it is now located.

Step 3:

After stopping the bypass mode, return the lever to its starting position.

Why Would You Want to Use a Bypass Water Softener?

Bypassing your water softener indicates that you do not want the water to enter the device to be softened.

Your water softener should be “bypassed.” What makes you want to do it, then?

When Watering Your Yard Or Garden, Switch Your Water Softener To Bypass.

There are occasions when you may not need soft water or when you might wish to reduce your use of salt and water.

Perhaps you won’t need to soften the water since you’ll be using a lot of it.

You may be, for instance:

  • Irrigating your yard or lawn
  • Washing a vehicle
  • Adding water to a pond or pool

The good news is that you may opt to put your water softener in bypass and just utilize hard water if you have a bypass valve, which most high-quality water softeners do have.

For Water Softener Repairs and Installation in the Kitchener-Waterloo Area, Count on Watersmart.

You can rely on WaterSmart if you live in the Kitchener-Waterloo area and need your water softener fixed.

For a fair price, we’d be pleased to assist you with any repairs or services you need for any kind of water softener you own.

Our skilled, knowledgeable plumbers will visit your house, examine your system, and provide you advice on the best course of action.

When feasible, we can repair your current appliance, and if you need a replacement, we will help you decide which kind of softener would best suit your requirements.

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How To Bypass Water Softener Videos Suggestions From Youtube

How to bypass a water softener – Harvey Water Softeners
How To Bypass Your Water Softener – bescowater
Water softener bypass tutorial for 4 different style bypasse – Peterson Salt & Water Treatment Co.
Water-Right – Bypass Unit – Water-Right

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Written by Bob Matsuoka
Bob Matsuoka is a blogger and founder of RVing Beginner blog. He has been blogging for over five years, writing about his own family’s RV adventures, tips for people who are interested in buying an RV or taking their family on an adventure by RV.