I had a professional guy came to install the water softener in my basement,
and he installed a bypass so that my backyard doesn't use my soft water.
Originally I assumed the guy would have used copper pipe to do the bypass,
just like any other pipes in the house (yes, it would be a lot of work
because it's not a straight line). However, he used a plastic tube (it's
flexible, but it's very hard, not like regular garden hose).. the amazing
part is, he used a tool to clamp that plastic tube onto the existing copper
pipe with an adapter. This saves the guy a lot of work.. but I haven't seen
anything like this before.
My question is:
Is this new? Is it safe? possible leaking in long run say 10 years?? I
haven't seen Home Depot carries such thing!! Maybe I can take some photo
and post them here.
I have the same plastic piping for my water softener. It was installed
by the Culligan man when I first got a WS some 15 years ago.
Mine is grey plastic, about 3/4" OD. It is attached to the WS with a
screw clamp to a common female garden hose fitting. I replaced the
Culligan with a Sears WS about 5 years ago and used the same drain hose,
so mine has lasted 15 years so far.
For folks that make the assumption that a metal pipe is "ground", and
use it for that purpose. They are not supposed to do that, but the
plumber should account for the possibility (it is code you know) for
safety. It prevents that section of pipe becoming energized by contact
with electrical, and not tripping a breaker/fuse.
If you have metal plumbing you need to jump around any plastic section,
so that it is electrically all one piece, and grounded, bonded, earthed,
what ever you want to call it.
We were talking about the plastic tubing for the WS drain pipe, not
water supply pipes to, or from, the WS. The copper supply pipe that goes
into the WS, and the copper one coming out of the WS, are connected to
each other with a metal grounding clamp between the two.
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