Understanding Reverse Osmosis Water Systems
Reverse osmosis (RO) is one of the most popular methods of water filtration. This process works by forcing water through a semipermeable membrane. As the water travels from the more concentrated to the less concentrated side, contaminants are captured and the resulting fresh water (called permeate) is clean and great-tasting. The semipermeable membrane features tiny pores that block contaminants but allow water molecules to flow freely. Reverse osmosis systems catch sediment and chlorine in a pre-filter before the semipermeable traps dissolved solids. After passing through the membrane, the water then travels through a post-filter to polish the drinking water before it enters a dedicated tap.
RO systems contain several filters and the semipermeable membrane. Each stage of filtration reduces the amount of contaminants until the resulting permeate flows out your tap. While RO produces very clean water, the process takes time. If you’re considering a RO water system, you will need a RO storage tank as well. Because a RO system takes about 60 seconds to produce a few ounces of water, without a storage tank, you’d be waiting about five minutes for a full glass of water.
What contaminants does a reverse osmosis system remove?
RO systems are extremely effective in removing foreign bodies from water. This method of water filtration removes salt, fluoride, chlorine, sediment, arsenic, pesticides, and more. However, a reverse osmosis filtration system cannot protect against bacteria and viruses. If you need robust cleansing power, a water purification system may be the way to go.
My Plumbers LLC Installs Reverse Osmosis Water Systems
When it comes to water purification and filtration, homeowners have options. If you’re interested in cleaner drinking water but don’t know which is right for you, dial 828-708-7107. Our team of experts has years of experience in the industry and can help you make an informed decision. In addition to reverse osmosis systems, we install carbon filtration units and an array of other water treatment options. Enjoy fresh water year round with services from My Plumbers LLC.