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How Do Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Systems Work?

boy-drinking-waterIf you are concerned about the quality of the freshwater entering your house, you’re not alone. People today are worried about the many types of pollutants, from bacteria to heavy metals like lead, that enter the freshwater system. 

To provide clean and pure water to a house often requires installing a water treatment system. Filters are a standard method, but they have limitations on what they remove from the water. One of the options you may wish to look into for your water treatment system is a powerful reverse osmosis system. Want to know more? We’ll get into it below.

The Basics of Reverse Osmosis 

A reverse osmosis system is a water treatment system for your entire house: it purifies all the incoming water so you don’t have to worry about using various point-of-use filters. It cleans and purifies the water by filtering it through a semi-permeable porous membrane, which is a powerful enough filter to catch most contaminants that would otherwise make it through standard filters. A reverse osmosis system can filter out heavy metals, arsenic, chlorine, bacteria, viruses, lead, and much more. 

How a Reverse Osmosis System Operates

If you remember your high school science classes, you may know that osmosis is a process where molecules pass through a semi-permeable membrane from a less concentrated area of solution to a more concentrated one to equalize the concentration on the two sides. So reverse osmosis is just that: the process is reversed so molecules pass through the membrane from the area of higher concentration to the area of lower concentration. 

How this works in a reverse osmosis water treatment system is that it first runs incoming water through a standard carbon filter to remove larger contaminants. Then, in a second container with the semi-permeable membrane, it’s placed under high pressure. This forces the water molecules through the membrane while blocking the smaller contaminants that made it through the carbon filter. The purified water now enters into the household’s freshwater plumbing. 

Why Consider a Reverse Osmosis System

As you can see from the description of how one works, reverse osmosis systems are among the most powerful at cleaning and purifying water, combining standard filters with an extra level of protection against many tiny and harmful contaminants. They do not require the extensive maintenance work that other filtrations systems need: the filter only needs to be changed every six months.

Reverse osmosis systems are helpful for homes that have water softeners. Water softeners can sometimes place too much sodium into the water to counteract hard water molecules, and reverse osmosis will remove this excess sodium.

We offer several options for water treatment systems in Carpinteria, CA, including the best in reverse osmosis systems. You only want to have professionals handle the installation, since the wrong type of treatment system can end up affecting water pressure and possibly damage the plumbing. Our team will help you decide what type of water treatment will work best for your home’s needs.

Husted Plumbing serves the Greater Santa Barbara and Ventura County Area. Call today for more details about water treatment options.

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