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How Do Reverse Osmosis Water Purifiers Work?

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Clean water is something you’ve come to expect. Maybe you feel that the water straight from your tap is perfectly fine, or maybe you purchase bottled water from the store each week. Perhaps you refill a water pitcher multiple times a day. In any case, you’re likely not getting your water in the cleanest, most efficient way.

The best system our plumbers can offer to improve your water quality is a reverse osmosis water system. Reverse osmosis systems may be installed underneath a sink or to the water line supplying water to the entire house. A scientific process allows for water purer than what you’ll get with other home systems.

How Osmosis Works

Osmosis is the term for what happens when water passes through a semi-permeable membrane. Any dissolved solids like salt cannot pass through. Normally, water moves through a semipermeable membrane in order to achieve equilibrium between one side and the other. Of course, in water purification, this isn’t the goal. That’s why systems have been developed to use reverse osmosis to filter out non-water molecules from a water supply.

What’s Reverse Osmosis?

Reverse osmosis is a similar process, but pressure is applied to ensure dissolved solids get left behind on one side of the semi-permeable membrane.

One major use for reverse osmosis is desalination. Typically non-potable salt water—like ocean water—loses its salt (desalination). In other words, ocean water becomes drinking water, which is especially helpful in areas where access to clean drinking water is limited.

Reverse Osmosis for Home Use

Industrial reverse osmosis systems look a lot different than home water systems. But this technology is still available for home use. Depending on how much you’re willing to spend, you can get an under-sink reverse osmosis system installed by a plumber, or you can retrofit one onto your water system. This can rid your water supply of…

With many of the systems designed for home use, molecules left behind during the reverse osmosis process are automatically flushed out and drained. That means you don’t have to worry about changing a filter or cleaning anything out, aside from routine maintenance from time to time.

Is a Reverse Osmosis Water System Right for You?

Reverse osmosis can produce some of the cleanest water you can get. However, there are a couple of drawbacks.

For many, a conventional water filter is a more cost-effective choice. Call a plumber to learn more about the available options. Get a system that installs on your water supply rather than dealing with water bottles and pitchers ever again.

Contact Ace Pelizon Plumbing for reverse osmosis systems in Glendora, CA. World class service is just around the corner!

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