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How can I turn water softener off (to repair faucet leak)?

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How can I turn water softener off (to repair faucet leak)?

I need to replace the valve seat washer on my laundry tub's faucet (annoying hot water leak). The shut-offs are for garage hose & laundry machine, so I shut off the main. Unfortunately, the water never stopped leaking (even after a prolonged period of letting it run on "open"). The other faucets took a while to drain, but the laundry tub faucet never did. How do I turn my water softener off, so I can work on it in peace, or is it safe to work on it w/ the water leaking??? I'm a plumbing newbie...

Water softener:
https://ibb.co/bF1Fdqv
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JohnyBGood wrote:
Feb 28th, 2019 8:58 pm
I need to replace the valve seat washer on my laundry tub's faucet (annoying hot water leak). The shut-offs are for garage hose & laundry machine, so I shut off the main. Unfortunately, the water never stopped leaking (even after a prolonged period of letting it run on "open"). The other faucets took a while to drain, but the laundry tub faucet never did. How do I turn my water softener off, so I can work on it in peace, or is it safe to work on it w/ the water leaking??? I'm a plumbing newbie...

Water softener:
https://ibb.co/bF1Fdqv
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Your main shut off is not working properly. What sort of pressure are you talking? Is it a drip or full pressure? If it's a drip, and you'll make a bit of a mess, I would do it the way it is. If it's decent pressure, you may have to figure out the issue with your main valve. The softener isn't the issue. Is the main valve in an unfinished area of the basement?
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Did you open upstairs faucets after closing the main shut off? Opening the upstairs faucets including showers allows system to drain quickly, think of it as a finger on top of a straw when faucets closed. If you still have dripping 10 minutes after opening the upstairs faucets then the main shut off is pooched; in that case you can turn either of the water softeners red valves, one is inlet/one outlet. They are 1/4 turn, the red handle will be closed when its 90* to the pipe.
Close valve at your hot water tank first, your working on hot water valve.
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I think that is a clack bypass valve . The instructions in this manual on page 14 shows the positions needed
https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0659/ ... 3503085745

As the above posters already said, the water softener shouldn’t cause the dripping affect.

Open all the taps above the where you are working and leave them open to properly drain the system

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