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Can a water softener drain uphill?

Last Updated: 2nd January, 2020

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Water Softener Drain. The water pressure will push the drain water uphill. The rule of thumb is not to go higher than 8' above the drain outlet of the softener.

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Thereof, where do I drain my water softener?

Water softeners need a place to drain water during the regeneration cycle. There are various drain options including a standpipe, a floor drain, or a utility sink. Connect the small drain tubing to the water softener valve drain fitting. Then connect the overflow drain hose to the drain elbow on the salt tank.

One may also ask, can I drain my water softener outside? If the total drop from the softener to the air gap is over 4 ft, yes. If if the air gap is outdoors, yes (to let the water drain out reliably so that it does not sit long enough to freeze). Otherwise, no.

Likewise, people ask, how high can a water softener drain be?

Now comes the tricky bit: where to place the water softener so you do not exceed 20 feet for the drain line. If it's any help, the brine tank can be located up to 20 feet away from the softener mineral tank.

Can I drain my water softener into my sump pump?

Salt And Sump Pumps Don't Mix Manufacturers of sump pumps discourage the use of sump pits to discharge brine from the water softener. In addition, discharging brine from the water softener into a sump basin often voids the warranty on the sump pump.

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