A Reverse Osmosis (RO) system is a great solution if you are faced with multiple water issues or if you are trying to achieve the highest level of water purifcation for your home. This technology uses a semipermeable membrane to remove ions, molecules and larger particles from drinking water.
Reverse Osmosis for Residential
How Does Osmosis Work?
To get a sense of how a reverse osmosis whole house system works, you need to understand osmosis. A naturally occurring phenomenon, osmosis is when weak solutions migrate toward stronger solutions. For example, if you have a container with a very salty solution and a not-so-salty solution, separated by a permeable membrane, the less salty solution starts to move toward the more, salty solution.
In nature, this happens when plants absorb water from the soil into their roots, and in humans, this process happens when your kidneys absorb water from your blood.
How Does Reverse Osmosis Work?
Reverse osmosis is simply the opposite of the natural process explained above. In other words, with reverse osmosis, the stronger solution moves toward the weaker solution. To make this possible, you have to add energy to the stronger solution so that it can push through the membrane and get to the weaker solution.
To create filtration through this process, you need to have a semi permeable membrane that allows the water to pass through but not any minerals, bacteria, or other unwanted contaminants.
What Is a Reverse Osmosis Whole House System?
A reverse osmosis whole house system relies on the process of reverse osmosis to provide clean and healthy water for your home. With many filtration systems, the contaminants stay in the filter, and you change the filter as it gets saturated. With reverse osmosis whole house systems, the contaminants get released in a separate stream that goes down the drain or a waste pipe, rather than into the filter.
What Types of Reverse Osmosis Whole House Systems Are Available?
With a whole house reverse osmosis system, all the water that comes into your home goes through the reverse osmosis filtration process, and whether you're washing clothes, taking a bath, pouring a glass of water, cooking, or doing anything else, you can rest assured that your water has been purified.
However, some people just want reverse osmosis applied to the water they use for drinking and cooking in their kitchen, and in those situations, a countertop reverse osmosis system or a discreet under sink reverse osmosis system can work perfectly. There are also special reverse osmosis systems designed to meet the needs of commercial and industrial facilities for people who need clean, filtered water at both home and work.
How Do You Maintain a Reverse Osmosis Whole House System?
To maintain your reverse osmosis whole house system, you simply need to change the membranes and filters as directed by the manufacturer. In most cases, you change these elements based on the volume of water you run through the system rather than based on time alone.
To make upkeep and repairs easy, you can also buy a range of parts for your reverse osmosis whole house system. Thanks to the convenient availability of reverse osmosis parts including membrane housing and parts, you can easily do repairs as needed. You don't have to buy a new system.
Ready to give yourself, your home, and your family the gift of filtered water? Then, it may be time to invest in a reverse osmosis whole house system. Take a look through our options to find the right fit for your situation, and contact us if you have any questions.