What is the water softener overflow valve used for?

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The overflow valve is an integral part of every water softener. Its main function is to maintain a safe water level in the tank, protecting against possible overflow. But what does it mean on a daily basis and why is it so important for the proper operation of our device? Let's start with the basics.

The water softener overflow valve is a small device that automatically regulates the water level in the softener, allowing it to drain when it reaches a certain predetermined level. This is especially important during the softener regeneration phase, when water is intensively used to rinse the softening bed. The overflow valve prevents situations where the water level in the tank would be too high, which could lead to overfilling of the tank and potential damage.

Overflow valve - protection against flooding

The overflow valve acts as a "safety" that protects our home from potential flooding. If for any reason the water level in the softener tank starts to rise uncontrollably, the overflow valve will automatically drain it, thus preventing the tank from overflowing and spilling water onto the floor. This is especially important for people who install a water softener in places where potential flooding could cause serious damage, such as basements, garages or utility rooms.

For homeowners who are often away from home, a relief valve like this can be an invaluable safety net. Even if something goes wrong while you are away, a water softener bypass valve will give you peace of mind by protecting your home from flooding.

Overflow valve in a two-piece softener

The overflow valve on the two-part water softener is located in the salt tank. On the side of the tank, at the top, there is an elbow protruding to which the drain hose should be connected. Sometimes sellers send an overflow elbow separately and you have to drill the tank yourself. It's not a common practice, but it's still common.

Overflow valve in compact softener

In compact water softeners, the overflow valve is an integral part of the housing. It protrudes from the cabinet on the side or on the edge of the device (depending on the design of the water softener). The most important is the height of the location - just under the top cover of the device head. The principle of operation is identical - it protects the salt container against overflow.

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