Originally Posted by DIY4EVER
Typically you will want the water softener installed right into your water main somewhere convenient before the water heater. This way, all the water coming into your home through the main line will be "softened". Your cold water line branches off of your main line at some point and feeds all your fixtures. Your hot line comes off of your water heater and feeds all of your fixtures. So, by having the softener in your water main before the water heater will soften all your water at every fixture, no need to run any new lines to individual fixtures.....all the water at every fixture will be treated as soon as it comes into your home via the main line. Just make sure the location is convenient to get to since you will need to add salt or service the softener regularly. Also, if you plan any future renovations to the basement space, it will be easy to close in the area around the softener is you plan ahead and locate it in a good spot.
Thanks for the reply. Builders of the house were first timers I think(first noticed they cheaped on EVERYTHING!). Water main comes up out of floor in opposite corner of basement from the water heater. I understand thats not a problem but the problem lies in the fact that the main splits as soon as it comes into the basement, plus, the water main comes out of the concrete in what was blueprinted to be a bedroom.
"hey timmy, while you are cleaning out the clothes from your bedroom closet, can you please add salt to the softener!"