Wondering if it’s worth it to get a reverse osmosis system? Let’s go over what this system is and the top benefits you can enjoy from having one in your home.
What is Reverse Osmosis?
Reverse osmosis (or RO) is a water purification process that uses a semi-permeable membrane to filter out unwanted molecules and particles. This includes contaminants like chlorine, salt, dirt, and more from your drinking water. It can also remove microorganisms, which is something you definitely don’t want to drink. Overall, this system cleans at a molecular level, leaving you with cleaner, better-tasting water.
How Does RO Work?
To explain the RO process, we should start by explaining how osmosis works. Osmosis is the process where water passes through a semi-permeable membrane from a less concentrated solution into a more concentrated one. So, pure water passes through the filter into impure water to equalize the concentrations. This movement creates osmotic pressure. We don’t want our drinking water to do this, so that’s where reverse osmosis comes in.
In RO, an applied pressure is used to overcome osmotic pressure and push the water from the area with more concentration of contaminants to a lower one. The process is being forced in reverse, meaning impure water is trying to move into the pure water, but it passes through a filter first. The contaminants get trapped and the pure water passes through, clean and ready to drink.
If you want the nitty-gritty of how the system works, here’s how: the water first goes through one or multiple prefilters. This removes large particles, sediment, and chlorine. Next, the water enters the semi-permeable membrane to clean it further. After that, it passes through one last filter to polish the water off before entering your faucet (or storage tank).
There are many benefits to using a reverse osmosis system in your home, but let’s go over the top few.
One of the top benefits of a reverse osmosis system is it helps you get cleaner, safer water. From sediments to harmful contaminants, there are quite a few things in your tap water you might not be aware of. Some of these contaminants can cause your water to taste funny, while others can be harmful to your health over the long run. A RO system can help remove many potentially harmful impurities commonly found in tap water, including:
This system can remove as much as 98% of these contaminants from your drinking water. That’s much more effective than using a charcoal filter alone, which can’t remove certain impurities.
Provides Clean Water on Demand
Another popular benefit of a reverse osmosis system is the fact you have clean water on demand. As we mentioned above, it removes a lot of impurities that can be in your water. But it also helps to improve the odor, appearance, and taste of your water. And it conveniently comes from your tap!
This means you can drink straight from your tap without disliking the taste or waiting for your refillable pitcher water to get cold. As a bonus, this also means all your soups, sauces, teas, coffees, and homemade cocktails will taste even better all the time.
Helps You Save Money
You can also save money with a RO system installed in your home. If you’ve been buying water bottles to make up for your tap water, your RO system can help you stop. When you have clean, tasty water coming out of your tap, you take fewer trips to the store and spend less money on single-use water bottles for filters for refillable pitchers. Depending on how much water you use, these savings can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars per year.
Let City Plumbing Services Install Your Reverse Osmosis System
If you’re looking for on-demand cleaner, better water for your home, a reverse osmosis system is for you. Let City Plumbing Services install, repair, replace, and maintain your RO system. Our local commercial plumbers are licensed, bonded, and insured, and will get the job done quickly and efficiently. We’re located in Cave Creek, but are ready to help those in Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Chandler, Surprise, and most of the East Valley of Arizona.